Samuel Levi Jones Destroys Books to Make Art
|Nicholas E. Barron||Aug 6, 2019|
Samuel Levi Jones destroys books.
I know, for us book lovers, that sentence hurts. But Jones does it for art. And to make a point.
"Dominion" by Samuel Levi Jones
Photo credit: Samuel Levi Jones and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Jones creates art based on books to highlight society's racial inequalities.
In his current show, No More Tokens, at the Vielmetter in Los Angeles, Jones's pieces are constructed out of demolished art books. His past work has used law books, texts about medicine, and encyclopedias.
According to his website, Samuel Levi Jones "explores the framing of power structures and struggles between exclusion and equality by desecrating historical material, then re-imagining new works."
That's a smart way to say that Jones takes books and changes them into new creations as a way of making a statement about how racist our culture continues to be.
Jones isn't the first artist to create things out of books.
You get the picture. But, if you'd like to look at more pics of art made out of books, check these out.
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