With the patience and skill of a surgeon, UK sculptor Alexander Korzer-Robinson carefully cuts away pages to reveal images in antique books. Through his work, the viewer can peer into encyclopedias and children's books as if looking through a window into a new world. Korzer-Robinson pieces together a perspective on history much as humans construct their own personal narratives - by picking and choosing the important elements that are to remain in the piece.
Much like his contemporary Brian Dettmer’s work, Alexander Korzer Robinson continues the tradition of collage with his spectacularly detailed book sculptures. Working with preexisting material, he delicately removes layers of text to unearth the illustrations, charts, and diagrams in vintage volumes.
Stripped of their practical value by the march of time, the books gain artistic meaning through his effort. As art, they become a statement on how we see ourselves instead of how we interpret the rest of the universe. “We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious,” explains Korzer-Robinson of his work. “On a general level, I aim to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape.” Painstakingly crafted, his work lets us gaze into a constructed, dream-like representation of our collected knowledge.
More examples of Korzer-Robinson’s work and hand-cut prints can be found on his website.