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Books as Sculpture & Typewriter Poems

Via TypeBound (Books as Sculpture from Florida Collections and Typewriter Poems from the Sackner Archive):

In TypeBound, two of the book’s most fundamental elements—its bindings and its type—are separated and examined for creative possibilities as they are freed of their basic, traditional functions. The artists’ books that emerged in the 20th century stress the integration of the material structure and form with thematic and aesthetic issues.
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The Book’s Bound: This exhibition includes a wide range of works from sculptures that reference books to books that reference movement and shape beyond the bound page. These sculptures might not fall within our definition of artists’ books, allowing visitors to draw their own boundaries between the categories of book and sculpture.


Socio-Poetics of (Type)writing: This exhibit challenges our conceptions of printing and type. Although Constructivist and Concrete are better known movements, Typewriter Poetry was an important variant of visual poetry. Like other examples of modern and contemporary art, typewriter poetry highlights the process of making art. This is one of the first exhibitions in the United States to focus on typewriter art.

  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

3 thoughts on “Books as Sculpture & Typewriter Poems

  1. You know how some women see newborn babies and feel some kind of uncontrollable to make one? Some even clutch at their uterus feeling some sort of emptiness?

    That is how I feel when I see text/ book art like this. I clutch my uterus. I wanna birth that.


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