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Altered Books Presents A Different Look at Books

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I love books.  I’ve got shelves overflowing with books, and yet I keep buying more and more of them.  While I don’t mind lending my books to family and friends, it’s no secret that I’m very protective of my collection.  I don’t want any of my books damaged.  Because of this, I found the idea of the Altered Books exhibit a bit unsettling…they were taking books and using them as raw material in art!

By “raw material” I mean the artists have created sculptures and other types of artwork by actually shredding, folding, and otherwise transforming books into different forms.  While I was a bit disturbed by seeing destroyed books, I have to admit that these pieces of art are very cool.  What’s neat is that while the books are warped and transformed, the text and spine of the books are kept unblemished—nothing is painted or otherwise covered, so it’s possible to see the title and the text of the books used in each piece of art.

Altered Books opens on July 8 with a lecture by artist Doug Beube at 6:00 p.m. followed by a reception on July 9 where visitors can meet and chat with the nine artists featured in the exhibit.  Altered Books will then run through October 9 at [Artspace] at Untitled.  Admission is completely free.  You can learn more about Altered Books at

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