Deconstructing Antique & Outdated Books

Deconstructing Antique & Outdated Books

I find it interesting to think about what is going to happen to the millions of unused books that exist around the world. Books that are no longer read because their content is outdated, or their form not so popular, or their authors’ ideas no longer considered interesting.

Undoubtedly many end up in the recycling heap, and others sit gathering dust in basements. But then there’s artist, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, who uses these abandoned tomes to create his art works. He cuts into the actual books themselves, and arranges the pieces to create his book sculptures. Of his work, Alexander said:

These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.

By arranging a book’s images in this way, he reflects on the way we sometimes cut and past our own histories. Some of us remember things better or worse than they actually were, or even forget events entirely. The subjective nature of memory and of our pasts is undeniable.

We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious.

Alexander’s repurposing of these outdated books provides us with a glimpse into our innermost selves, while also offering a unique perspective on the past.



Alexander Korzer-Robinson, cut 19th century children’s book, The Boy’s Own Annual, 1880.



Alexander Korzer-Robinson, cut encyclopaedia, Brockhaus Kleines Conversations lexikon Vol. 1, 1888.



Alexander Korzer-Robinson, cut French encyclopedia, Nouveau Larousse Illustre Vol VII, 1908.



Alexander Korzer-Robinson, cut antiquarian book, Weltall Und Menschheit III, 1910.

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