Doug Beube: Re-Breaking the Codex, 2013
12 x 12 x 3 in
altered book, box, collage, wooden stand
The Collector's Series of 25 unique bookworks are housed in individual clamshell boxes with the original publication, two dust jackets (one peeled and one unpeeled bookmark), a wooden stand and an altered version of the publication entitled, Doug Beube: Re-Breaking the Codex. In the Collector’s Series, numbers three and up are are available for purchase.
The publication of a recent monograph about Beube's thirty-year practice of bookwork, collage and mixed media is irreverently altered by cutting, gouging and collaging the original book. The aggressive modification of his own publication is ironically contemptuous. By surgically cutting into both the front and backside of ‘Doug Beube: Breaking the Codex,’ as if it’s an archeological dig or medical dissection, reveals the different layers of his artwork. Like the red indices of a dictionary, for example, that organizes the letters of the alphabet, the thinly sliced pages of his bookwork reveals a summary of various colorful chapters and illegible texts. Not until viewers turn the pages of the book do they see the interventions between the reproductions, written text, cut and gouged out pages that disrupts an unhindered read. The reader is constantly reminded that the surface of each page is expandable (and expendable) or references another; it’s not solid, it’s a fluid space. As metaphor, each oblong cut becomes a ‘hyper-link,’ a subtext to previous and forthcoming pages.