Spine Unseen

24 Aug
Torso (Rorschach), 2007

Cara Barer: Torso (Rorschach), 2007

It is becoming more and more tempting to judge books by their covers. Publishers are looking to artists for their cover designs, the aesthetic becoming, in itself, a purpose for owning the book.

Among some of my favorites, photographer Cara Barer has been using books as the subjects of her photography and sculpture, and these photos have become the covers of books themselves <via GalleyCat>:


Barer says of her work:

A random encounter on Drew Street with the Houston Yellow Pages was the primary inspiration for this project. After that chance meeting, I began the search for more books, and more methods to change their appearance.

I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need “Windows 95?” After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose. Half Price Books became a regular haunt, and an abandoned house gave me a set of outdated reference books, complete with mold and neglect. Each book tells me how to begin according to its size, type of paper, and sometimes contents.

…With the discarded books that I have acquired, I am attempting to blur the line between objects, sculpture, and photography. This project has become a journey that continues to evolve.

Some of my favorite Cara Barer photos to follow:

Shitake, 2007

Shitake, 2007

Blue Labyrinth, 2007

Blue Labyrinth, 2007

Piece of Cake, 2007

Piece of Cake, 2007

Roget's, 2006

Roget's, 2006

For more info on the work of Cara Barer, visit her website here.


One Response to “Spine Unseen”

  1. jb August 26, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    these are so cool

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