Anouk Kruithof’s Book Wall

Anouk Kruithof likes to “invent new things out of fragments of the past”
So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the book is at the center of her work. Enclosed Content Chatting Away In The Colour Invisibility is an installation that reinvents itself everytime it appears. 

Comprised of about 3,500 books, many published in the old East Germany, the wall changes each time it is constructed. Using the size of the books and the colored page ends as her palette Kruithof builds these unique walls where books become colored bricks.

Each time the wall is installed it is accompanied by a video loop and a limited edition photograph.  

Caution: The following video features lots of books falling down.

Enclosed Content Chatting Away In The Colour Invisibility by Anouk Kruithof:

The Trees of Julie Dodd

Forest: Lungs of the World

Julie Dodd is a friend of the earth. Much of her work is devoted to raise awareness of the perilous nature of our approach to, among other things, trees.

Her Year in Trees project is “a response to our involvement in the destruction of trees, concentrating on the importance and impact they have on the planet.”

One component, Forest: Lungs of the World tackles carbon dioxide. “Inspired by lung tissue, this miniature forest canopy emphasizes how trees are the lungs of the World.”

Then it is on to logging and the incredible piece Illegal Logging.
 Illegal Logging

 and finally, Pores for Thought where Dodd considers the loss of the native trees of Britain.

Dodd was also involved in a Tree-Cycle project with her local library where she “worked with groups of children and adults, helping them to decide how to create the shapes of trees on the floor, using books.”

Here is a quick video of one being constructed:

She doesn’t stop there. Another of her installations is Can’t see the Trees for the Forest.

Good stuff.

Library on Ice

I’ll never forget my first visit to Minnesota. Being born and raised in New York there had been few reasons to venture west of the Hudson River. I was in my early 20’s and coming off the disco years. Rumor had it that Minnesota was the perfect place to dry out. So off I went. It was late March and winter was just finishing up. In the cab from the airport, I kept seeing lots and lots of little shacks huddled close together off in the distance. Every few miles they seemed to appear again.

Finally, after a handful of such sightings, I asked the cab driver “Is that where the poor people live?”

The cab drive laughed, though I wasn’t joking, and informed me that they were little houses that people fished in. Welcome to Minnesota.

The Art Shanty Projects, held on Medicine Lake in a suburb of the Twin Cities, is an annual “exhibition of performance, architecture, science, art, video, literature, survivalism and karaoke, ASP is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment, inspired by traditional ice fishing houses that dot the state’s lakes in winter”

The 2010 exhibition featured the Library Shanty, Medicine Lake Branch.

The Library Shanty is the creation of Lauren Herzak-Bauman. It

seeks to bring about interaction between art, the public, and the lake through sharing books and providing an environment in which to interact. The Medicine Lake Branch’s collection will specifically deal in art and regional cultural activities. We seek to function in a number of ways: to document the exchange and history of objects and information; to serve as a gathering place and location for cultural exchange; and to exhibit notable subjects and ideas within the context of the library’s holdings. Come hang out at the Medicine Lake Branch and create a library card, join a book clubs or enjoy the curated shelf-sized art exhibitions.”

The library consists of 300 books, available for use in the Library Shanty or they could be checked out to be taken to another shanty. No books leave the ice. Most of the library’s collection was cataloged on LibraryThing which allowed patrons to peruse the collection before visiting.

The two most popular books at Library Shanty:
Sex Pots: Eroticism in Ceramics, and
Hippos Go Berserk!
by Sandra Boynton

Imagine each winter the Land of 10,000 Lakes transformed into the Land of 10,000 Libraries. It makes sense to me now.

Interview with Herzak-Bauman at Library Journal

Herzak-Bauman’s website

Art Shanty Projects on Flickr