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Books as art

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:18:23 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Books as art An artist whose work is handcrafted books hopes to rebel against the information age. Don Widmer is exhibiting at Illinois Wesleyan University's Ames Library for the next month. Widmer says his work tries to address the fact that reading on a computer screen creates a loss of something we can feel, touch, and experience slowly.

   
"One of my books is a wooden book with the text burned onto the pages so there is the smell of that. And I just play with different textures, handmade papers and things of that nature.

Widmer says he uses various print techniques, metal, and even sound as part of his installation of books as art.

   
"There is a trend toward handicrafts or making once again sort of what happened during the Arts and Crafts movement. It's kind of a rebellion against the commodification or the information age. So, people are being attracted more to making things with their hands."

Listen to Charlie Schlenker's interview with Don Widmer

   
   

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