Doug Beube’s stunning new book Breaking the Codex has arrived! I have been a fan of Doug Beube’s work for years and had the pleasure of seeing him last month in Toronto, and could not be more excited to share this book with you.
For thirty years, Doug Beube has taken the notion of what a book is and redefined it in ways lost to most of our imaginations, which is exactly why Beube’s work is so compelling. Altering and manipulating books and maps in extraordinarily intricate and complex ways is his signature. “Through altered bookwork, collage, mixed media, paper and sculpture, my work explores the book itself, a seemingly antiquated technology that is still purposeful in a digital age.”
Portrayed in this retrospective book are 600 of Beube’s works, all beautifully photographed by Buebe himself. Thankfully he doesn’t stop there. He offers lengthy commentary on the concept, materials and methods of his process. Also included in the book are several essays by critics, curators and writers. Breaking the Codex is more than another beautiful coffee table book. You’ll go back to it time and time again to be informed, inspired and intrigued.
There is really no way to sum up this book in a paragraph or two. For those of you who love to make artists books, love to look at artists books, or just love books—this is the perfect book for you. We have six copies in the gallery for sale (for the same price as on Amazon) but no shipping, no waiting!
Images, from top to bottom: Fault Lines, Splash, and Pocketbook