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November 12, 2009 10:33 PM   Subscribe

Certainly a different use for the domain than I was expecting.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:36 PM on November 12, 2009

I mean, I thought you were pointing at
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:43 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]

I'd like to smack this guy for messing up books with his crummy painting.
posted by cropshy at 1:12 AM on November 13, 2009

L.A. is ... incomprehensible/fascinating. I'm so glad it's over there.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:20 AM on November 13, 2009

I like his paintings, not sure what the books bring.
posted by fire&wings at 2:25 AM on November 13, 2009

Those paintings on books would look better without all that paint on them.

Gabriel Liston takes children's books (I forget the name of the particular series he uses) and seals them up and then paints on them. They end up looking something like old delft paintings. I like them.

I wonder how many other painters are painting on books (rather than in them, like Tom Phillips), and in what different ways?
posted by Casuistry at 5:50 AM on November 13, 2009

"Fecalface" is just...ugh. It took me a moment to get past my revulsion. Shitfaced is OK--everybody understands that--but Fecal Face is so unnecessarily graphic. It conjures up steaming piles of poo with little googly-eyed faces. Or a guy who has covered his face with....

Wait. So we were talking about paintings on books? I don't have such a huge reverence for books that I can't see using for some other purpose. This would be OK with me if the paintings were better. They are pretty crude, however, and the projects just look like amateur hour to me.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:27 AM on November 13, 2009

I like the concept of painting on the books like that, but I don't so much love his actual painting.
posted by marginaliana at 7:24 AM on November 13, 2009

If want painting on books, check out Tom Phillips's Humument... An ongoing project where a Victorian novel gets reworked page by page.
posted by njohnson23 at 9:08 AM on November 13, 2009

It's really hard at this point to do book art that's not just gimmicky. The Tom Philips stuff is great. There's a reason for the paintings to be on books other than I PAINTED THINGS FROM THESE BOOKS ON THE BOOKS LOOK.

That being said, I'm not really sure that he uses the books hims paintings are from. Also, this guy will go far anyway. Very pseudo-intellectual. Very easy for the patrons to explain to their friends.
posted by cmoj at 10:33 AM on November 13, 2009

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