|Books were sent out and artists recorded their working process as |
part of their projects
Susan Kruse – founder and curator of the Library of Lost Books
The Curators and Artist Talk on the Library of Lost Books took place yesterday. Christine Finn, one of the artists whose work is part of the Library, joined Susan Kruse, founder of the project to discuss the reworking of 50 discarded books from Birmingham Central Library.
Susan’s talk opened with an explanation of the origins of the project, she said: “Throughout 2011, Librarians put books in bins and I took them out again. My arts practice is not traditional painting, I experiment and when I see perfectly good materials being thrown away, I find a use for them.” Susan approached Birmingham Library and was given permission to rescue and use some of the discarded books. Finding there was such a wealth of possibilities stemming from these unwanted volumes the Library of Lost Books was born. 250 artists applied to be part of this initiative and just 50 were ultimately selected to reinterpret and reinvent select books.
Dale Askey – blogger says:
Susan has set out to create what she describes as a “thing of wonder” she highlighted the ‘magic of the L-space’ – a Terry Pratchett term for the wonderful things that can happen after interacting with books.
|Sue Platt's roughs for her work 'Sacred Songs and Solos'|
Susan described the working process and concepts behind a number of books from the collection, before Christine Finn spoke about her artistic journey with a 1914 book of modern English.
|Christine Finn answering questions after her talk|
|Christine's maps of the battlefields|
|Catherine Scriven, Susan Kruse and Christine Finn|
Images of some of the artworks from the The Library of Lost books will be on display during the Visual Communication final show (opening June 1) The full collection will be showcased this autumn as part of the opening festival of the New Library of Birmingham.
The Library of Lost Books is Supported by Sheaffer