Doug Beube
Melt

2014
altered book, ice, metal stand, sound
77 x 96 x 15 in.
Melt, is an environmentally sensitive sculpture that involves six selected books physically carved according to their theme. Once frozen, the ice functions to animate messages for social and political conditions, cultures of power or violence both physical and psychological, and those structures existing to support the inverse of the latter. Because Melt is subject to the weather, the anachronistic technology of the book is leveraged into the environment directly.

1. DIS/ARM
The Unknown War
Bantam Books, New York, NY, 1978
2. END/GAME
Superman: Red Son
DC Comics, New York, NY, 2009
3. RED/ACT
Arsenals of Folly
Alfred A. Knopf
New York, NY, 2007
4. HOME/LAND
The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement
Meredith Corp, New York, NY, 1967
5. JUST/ICE
U.S. Camera 62
Duell, Sloane & Pearce of Meredith Press,
New York, NY, 1961
6. ICE/CAP
As We Live We Breath: The Challenge of Our Environment
National Geographic Society,1971
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