Book Carvings of Alexander Korzer Robinson

Bristol-based Alexander Korzer Robinson creates incredible works of art by carefully cutting into pages of discarded encyclopedias and exposing some of the illustrations, while removing others.

"I have been working on the cut books for a little over four years now. I had been experimenting with old books for a while, and it took me about a year to refine the process of creating them to the point where they are today. It took a lot of trial and error, and quite a number of books ended up in the rubbish bin as a result."

"I make book sculptures / cut books by working through a book, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. In this way, I build my composition using only the images found in the book."

"The most challenging aspect for me is to find the hidden narrative in the books I cut up. I use mainly non-fiction books as a starting point. I then go through those volumes to find my composition. During the actual process, cutting around some of the images and cutting out others, the narrative of the composition evolves further, and the final pieces is a result of planning and chance."

"Through my work in the tradition of collage I am pursuing a very personal obsession of creating narrative scenarios in small format. By using antiquarian books, it makes the work simultaneously an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia."

"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."

"As far as non-fiction goes, for me encyclopedias are as good as it gets. Since the articles of an encyclopedia are just connected by alphabetical order, it creates the most interesting juxtapositions. To make meaning out of this mass of seemingly disjointed imagery is a true joy for me. As a lot of the books I use, the pieces of the Meyers series are over a hundred years old. It is a source of inspiration by itself just to handle those old volumes."

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