|Subtitle||One Possible Solution|
|Artist / Creator||James Allen|
|Place of Publication||Seattle, Washington|
|Structure / Binding||Book excavation. Unframed and unsealed.|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.25 x 8.25 x .625 inches|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
An altered book or "book excavation" project by James Allen using a 1976 soft-cover book titled The Great International Math on Keys Book published by The Texas Instruments Learning Center which presents "basic information, formulas, facts, and mathematical tools you need to unlock all the power of your Hand-held Calculator." This book has been left unsealed so that the pages can be flipped through to see the cutting process. This is interesting as many book excavation pages are sealed to stabilize the book and make the pages inaccessible. James tells us "In the 70's and 80's Texas Instruments Math On Keys Book came free with the TI-30 calculator. It's full of wonderful puzzles, math lessons, and timeless illustrations. In excavating the layers of pages a narrative seems to have been revealed which echoes the ongoing struggles of man to define the world mathematically, creating a theatrical story of a mathematical adventure." 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.
Artist BioJames Allen was born in 1977 in Great Lakes, Illinois and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2000. Allen's artwork is included in Art Made From Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed published by Chronicle book (August 2013). His work was exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum in The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book in 2009. He's also exhibited across the country in many cities including New York, Chicago, and Miami.