New collages from antiquarian books by Bristol-based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson. The works are created by cutting out everything except the images that are already in the volumes. The result is a new 3D art form—a hollowed out book with a layered composition reminiscent of Victorian paper theaters that has its own narrative. He came up with the idea while experimenting with boxed paper constructions and it took him a year of trial and error to refine the technique into the cut books.
By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself. The book pieces in the pictures have been made by cutting into the books, cutting around some of the illustrations and removing others. The composition is built only using the imagery that is already in a particular volume. I try to create hints of a narrative in my pieces without being too concrete, and this is something people seem to respond to. It is an invitation to the viewer to engage with the imagery, to enter into a dialogue with what they see.