Friday, 1 October 2010
Another local artist (Totnes) David Greenaway put together this installation for Totnes Open Studios earlier this year using books bought from Oxfam Bookshop where I volunteer.
To be in the presence of so many books in such a solid mass was staggering; the hidden spines were challenging & the thought of how many words & how much information is contained in 10 cubic metres of books stayed with me for many days afterwards.
Logistically nearly impossible to reproduce in another gallery - each book has its place like a stone in a drystone wall. The most impossible aspect perhaps would be the artist's inability to resist changing the work in some way when re-assembling it elsewhere.