Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art is an exciting installation that utilizes books for much more than just reading. Currently open at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, the collective exhibit features artwork by five different mixed-media artists: Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Guy Laramée, and Francesca Pastine.
Through the cutting, carving, collaging, and manipulation of printed materials, and the exploration of hundreds of words and pages, each artist presents a collection of innovative sculptures and compositions that will remain on display through July 6, 2013. Although varying in aesthetic, the pieces unite to form one single theme that poses the question: "As digital technology takes over, does the printed book become more and more obsolete?"
The show's curator Karen Ann Myers says that the exhibit provides evidence regarding the importance of books. She says, even today, "The book is treated as an object of great value. Books represent our desire to record, organize, and preserve the details of our existence. Through each artist’s interventions, the book becomes even more sacred. For many of the artists, the historical and narrative value of the chosen material drives the pieces, and, by intimately getting to know the book they are working with, they are able to return it to a new life without destroying it."