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An Eye-Catching Art Installation Made of 3,500 Books

The latest art to steal our hearts is this piece by Anouk Kruithof, titled Enclosed Content Chatting Away in the Colour Invisibility.

Back in 2008, Kruithof collected each and every one of the 3,500 books that make up the installation, most of which were written in Eastern Europe in the early 1900s.

According to the artist, books penned during the DDR era lost significance and value after the dissolution of East Germany, and many ended up being sold in “1 Euro Bookshops” or destroyed at the “Papierbank,” a recycling dump for paper. In this colossal installation, the books find a new life as art.

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The piece is on display at Casemore Kirkeby, a San Francisco-based gallery focusing on contemporary photographic practices. It’s located within Minnesota Street Project in the Dogpatch, a center of affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits.

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Each time the installation is assembled, it changes in appearance—the shape and color of the books determine the form. Viewed from afar, the books look almost impressionistic, or even pixelated, and seem to be a living and breathing entity.

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Kruithof’s artistic approach as whole is interdisciplinary—she does photography, sculpture, installation, artist-books, and text, as well as performance art and interventions in the public domain.

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If you’re in the Bay Area, we highly recommend checking out Minnesota Street Project to see this piece in person, and the many galleries within! You also might get a kick out of these past blog posts, too:

Photography by Michelle Park

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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