Even though books are art in and of themselves, it's become quite the trend to turn this readable art form into something purely aesthetic.
February 26, 2009 This is an artist book titled, “I Know Where I Am Going” by Sarah Morpeth .
UK-based artist Kyle Kirkpatrick carves pages from reading books to make “imaginary landscapes.” He uses miniature figures to setup a fictional living environment. “I myself see books as a fountain of knowledge that can inspire, inform and provoke imagination,”  states Kirkpatrick.
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Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay <img class="aligncenter" title="bookshelf of vintage books" alt="" src="http://thenonist.com/images/uploads/KUPFERSITCH-KABINETT-DRESD2.jpg" width="343" height="344" />
Old encyclopedias sit on the shelf and gather dust with no one much to bother them.
photo via AP/Rudi Blaha
I wrote about Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s amazing antique book art earlier this year. Now, here comes his latest work which is also up for grab . <img src="http://www.livingdesign.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/04.jpg" alt="" title="Alexander Korzer-Robinson" width="730" height="755" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3094" />
Jonathan Callan of London - The Defrauder.
Unlike most normal people, LA artist Mike Stilkey doesn’t just read books, he paints on them. The artist arranges thousands of old books and paints the books’ spines using pen and ink and acrylics.
Multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee creates incredible book landscapes by carving old books , dictionaries and encyclopedias. His series entitled The Great Wall and Biblios represent the degradation of human culture and feature glacial landscapes , deep valleys and plateaus. “So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes.
We here at The Fox Is Black love reading and especially love the work that Gestalten releases.