Investigating forms of presentation of the Artist’ Book.

The book on the table. /// The closed archives. /// The book in a box. /// The open archives. ///
The book on the shelves. /// The book underfoot. /// The book on the ground.
/// The book in an intimate space. /// The book as installation. /// The book in a working space. ///
The book as an object to walk around. /// The book as a concept for a space.

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deelnemer: Olof Kangas [#2.]


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Artist’s books by Olof Kangas

Finnish artist Olof Kangas is living and working in Helsinki. He has taken part in several exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Recently he participated in 5th International Artists’ Books Triennial in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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About his bookworks he says:

“More than 20 years ago I started to work with artist’s books. Already in the seventies I read about this special artform and I saw a lot of pictures and exhibitions. In the early eighties I began to create my own books. I am working with unique books or ‘one of a kind’. Some people think you shouldn’t cut or mistreat books. Usually I start working with old books that no one reads anymore.

I try to rescue them from death and give them a new life, a new body. The ‘soul of the book’ is transformed into a pictorial soul and it is reborn in a new book-body. ‘Re-inbiblio’ you might call it. Sometimes the former life of the book inspires me. Therefore some texts and pictures remain.

Numbers, structures of papers, objects from nature, collages and paint are the materials that I mostly work with. Sometimes light gives an extra dimension to the book. The entire life is a long journey through the external landscapes, to the inner levels of dreams and the unconscious.

When I start to work on a book a new episode begins: a long path towards the unknown.

On their way the artist and the book will change. Artist as well as observer meet through the artwork and continue the journey each in their own direction…”