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Storytelling Through Carved Antique Books (New Works)

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England-based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson carves into antiquated books to create eclectic book sculptures rich with narrative. We've seen plenty of book sculptures over the past few years, but what separates Korzer-Robinson's work is that he constructs a wild medley of images all found within their respective books, composed in their original position. Working primarily with encyclopedias, the artist is given the a wide variety of subjects in any given book.

Korzer-Robinson slices the bountiful pages of knowledge, carefully choosing the images to keep and which of the various pictures to discard in his layered collages. The artist says, “By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.”

Top photo: cut East German encyclopedia, 1962

Larousse Du Xxe Siecle 4
cut French encyclopedia, 1931

Nouveau Larousse Illustre, Vol. 4
cut French encyclopedia, 1903

Larousse Universel Vol. I
cut antiquarian encyclopedia, 1926

Weep Not, My Wanton
cut 19th century children's book

Red Giant
cut East German encyclopedia, 1962

Nouveau Larousse Illustre, Vol. 3
cut French encyclopedia, 1903

Nouveau Larousse Illustre, Vol 5
cut French encyclopedia, 1903

The Boy's Own Annual
cut 19th century children's book, 1890

Childhood Pattern V
cut 19th century children's book

Larousse Universel, Vol. 2
cut French encyclopedia, 1926

Nouveau Larousse Illustre, Vol. 7
cut French encyclopedia, 1903

Alexander Korzer-Robinson website
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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