Doug Beube

altered book
9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.
Two books, cut into identical shapes, share a similar if not identical spine. The conjoining of the books into a single piece gives the viewer the option of moving between disparate pages that conflict both in content and form. Our usual expectations of the codex—the print rectangle as the convenient vessel to transport the content of an author’s ideas—are literally broken open here, so that the reader must become an active participant in the processing of the books’ words in a graphically exaggerated relation to those of the “intertext.”
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