Thursday, 25 October 2012
A library for those who can't or don't have the ability to read, since the surface, the texture, and color of every single block of wood tells a dramatic story of time and place, worthy of a novel. The colors will also deepen or lighten with age, an organic process depending on light and climate conditions. What you see today is most certainly not what you will get in the future. The process and beauty of aging will come to the foreground as history will continue to narrate these works.
A note on Titles: Each piece carries the name of an author or literary character. This titling convention is a nod to the artist's upbringing in Sweden and the ubiquitous IKEA book shelf 'Billy'. In contrast to this mass-produced bookcase the works here are unique and ring with associations to their individual names: UMBERTO (Eco - Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist). UGO (Volli - Italian semiotician who published in Eco's Versus: Quaderni di studi semiotici). ASTRID (Lindgren - Swedish children's book author). ERICH (Kaestner - German children's book author) EMIL (of Kaestner's stories) & IDA (of Lindgren's stories).