Mathematics and the Scientist is part of a series of book excavations where I have notched two books together whose topics have an interesting relationship. In this work we see illustrations from many points in the history of math and science including early microscopes and adding machines. There is a line of text starting in the Mathematics side and continuing on the Scientist side: “Enlightenment, sufficient to let us live in peace – and serve to broaden our minds and vision”. I hope that this excavation inspires all of those things.
Must see TV! Oregon Art Beat, a weekly arts program on Oregon Public Broadcasting, has a fascinating segment about James Allen and his book excavations. Great video showing the process behind his art, in an in-depth, accessible manner. Watch it here.
ABOUT BOOK EXCAVATIONS
A book excavation is a sculptural work of art made by transforming various types of old books using precise cuts with a scalpel or knife, carving pages one by one until an astonishing new composition reveals itself. This almost surgical focus of dissecting books results in a wholly new object infused with a graphical history that evolves as the artist exposes each layer of the book while cutting around interesting images or text. For most artists working in this remarkable medium, the process is performed without pre-planning or mapping out the contents before cutting into the books pages and/or covers. Finished book excavations often appear as cross sections of the book, carved to create an alternate universe previously hidden between the covers.
|Title||Mathematics and the Scientist|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Sculptural book excavation|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||12 x 7 x 9 inches|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|