Bukkarving - a strange and beautiful hobby
Every day our vocabulary is enriched with new words, the meaning of which in some cases is surprising to the average person, but for a creative person who is looking for ways of self-expression in everything, it is logical and understandable. For example, bookcarving, which translates from English as carving on books, (book + carving), and means the process of creating amazing compositions from book material.
What started out as a simple passion turned into something more - one of the types of modern art, when the multi-page paper manuscripts at hand are turned into original volumetric masterpieces, causing a palette of feelings and emotions from others - from complete rejection and condemnation to sincere admiration.
However, it is necessary to recognize that this is one of the ways to breathe new life into a printed product made of paper, which over the years has lost its popularity among the population due to the advent of technological innovations - book readers, tablets and so on, replacing the old book in a good binding.And, of course, the opportunity to create from the dusty, forgotten on the far shelf, a reading book, a striking individual exhibit for the house, and maybe for the gallery.
Little about the process
To create a book of sculptures does not require special material and tools, just a scalpel, tweezers, scissors, special knives, glue, varnish, paints and water. From such a minimal set of identical materials and tools, inspired by the idea, the master is able to create an original and unique product.
Bukkarving does not have a single technology, it is characterized by many individual practices that use the book as a building material to create an art object and, thus, the traditional book turns into creative objects in the form of sculptures, watches, chandeliers, photo frames, suspensions for mobile phones. What is bukkarving for the real master? Popularization of book culture.
Recognized masters and features of their creativity
Book carving is gaining momentum and is rapidly becoming popular in many countries around the world. In most cases, this is a hobby that requires the presence of three components, such as patience, hard work, accuracy.But for some people with artistic imagination and creative thinking - the main occupation in life, bringing not only pleasure, but also international recognition.
Photos of beautiful works of such masters are placed in print editions, they can be admired on the Internet, and the works themselves can be seen "live" at contemporary art exhibitions. Let's get acquainted with the most famous masters, each of which has its own unique style.
- Let's start with the ancestor of the book-boxing - the modern artist Brian Dettmer from Atlanta. He was the first who had the idea to convert old books into new interesting forms, and the basis of his first works was the Braille system, using convex points for blindness to read, and Morse code. Whimsical creations from Bryan the world first saw in 2005. Since then, the master does not stop experimenting with other materials and technicians and is the creator of multi-level sculptures, by gluing newspaper and book sheets. Filigree wielding tweezers and surgical instruments, he achieves a new form of verbal content and visualization of the artistic word, dressing him in amazing paper clothes of unique book sculptures.Dettemer, advocating a new approach to obsolete subjects, is recognized as the best among the masters of this type of art. Under his hand, they change the original informative role to reflect the ideas of the creator.
- Another prominent representative of the direction is Sue Blackwell from the UK - a professional artist, designer and a unique person who makes incredible compositions with characters from fairy tales. Most of the master of the works of Hans Christian Andersen, who come to life in her sculptures and introduce us to fairy tales. Sue has unlimited imagination and technical skill, allowing her to create a three-dimensional image from flat pictures. She cuts miniature diagrams from book pages and sticks together, then highlights them with wooden boxes or glass cases. The use of the backlight is the personal style of the master, which allows you to add realism to fairy tales and plunge the viewer into the world of childhood. With the heroes of the songs Sue - funny, funny, funny and sad, you can meet at exhibitions.For example, the master had the honor to familiarize everyone in 2006 in London.
- Not to mention Nicholas Galanin from Alaska, who from his childhood absorbed the knowledge of the art of carving obtained from the masters of the north, including his father. Nicholas is a professional designer with a university degree in jewelry making. But they did not glorify the master, and book sculptures. The most famous is the series of 3-D portraits called “What Have We Become?”, The material for which was the old collections and reference books. This is a kind of message to humanity about the influence of books on the formation of personality, that a person is able to remain himself in any circumstances. Voluminous faces from thick volumes strike the imagination with their realism and originality.
- An interesting approach to bukkarvingu artist Kylie Stillman, whose work is based on a natural theme. By an unusual metamorphosis, paper as it returns to its original state of nature - wood. From old books she makes compositions from plants, trees and animals. The method of carving on the book Stillman creates panoramic images from the plant and animal world, recreating every detail with filigree precision.Book sculptures with this thematic focus - the card of the master.
- Interest in themselves and cause the work of the Canadian creator Guy Laramie, dedicated to the mountains. These are colored book sculptures from several volumes, usually dictionaries or encyclopedias, which, thanks to Guy's creative imagination, are transformed into mountain plateaus with a corresponding landscape. The use of colors gives mountainous landscapes realism and solemnity, and the sculptural monumentality gives rise to reflections on eternal themes. Especially since the author himself is positioning his work as a process of reincarnation of the mountain rubble of unnecessary books into real mountains. Such an original concept attracts public attention.
Are there any drawbacks in bookkeeping? From the traditional point of view of books, as a source of knowledge, the best gift, and so on, yes. But it is not necessary to use rare copies of books for work, there are a lot of old reference books or similar editions that often either dust on shelves or surrender to junk.
But many modern galleries of the world are ready to exhibit such sculptures and popularize the masses of bukkarving as an art, therefore, uniquely carving on books to be and develop.