Intricate book sculptures give a whole new meaning to the pun
The beauty of written language is often captured in the pages of a book, although few people consider a book to be a work of art in itself. However, for the graphic designer Stephen doyle, each book offers a unique canvas conducive to visual and textual exploration. Doyle’s Hypertexts– a series of finely modified book sculptures – allow words to jump beyond the page, creating elaborate structures and shapes that give the term a whole new meaning play on words.
“I love the language and the languages,” Doyle told My Modern Met. “Cutting up books and rebuilding them isn’t exactly a rational exercise. The way the text is composed in a book is efficient, but neither is it rational. Lines of text start in the middle of the sentence, or where the last bar is cut off, each line is a wonderful thin brick, but meaningless out of context in structure. The reconfiguration of these lines creates arbitrary associations, juxtapositions that confuse or delight… Like concrete poetry, I can use language to visualize form, create puzzles, and if successful they become koans.
Doyle was introduced to this way of playing on words as a child when his babysitter played a newspaper reading game horizontally across the columns to produce absurd combinations. Now his Hypertexts take this game a step further, bringing the text to life in its own three-dimensional realm. Like literal hypertexts, Doyle’s modified book sculptures connect one seemingly random line of text to another, creating new and unexpected interactions through these arbitrary links. The forms they take are often inspired by the books themselves.
“Some of my friends are horrified that I destroy books,” Doyle continues. “But I see them as miniature monuments, testimonies to the power of language and metaphors of the imagination. I see them as ideas entering three-dimensional life, ideas taking on a physical form that allows them to cast shadows. And to me casting a shadow is a testament to being real – my belief that an idea not only exists in the ether, but makes noise when it lands on the table!
that of Stephen Doyle Hypertexts—A series of intricate modified book sculptures — brings a whole new meaning to the term play on words.
His sculptures connect seemingly random lines of text, creating new and unexpected interactions through these arbitrary links.
The forms they take are often inspired by the books themselves.
Doyle considers his book sculptures to be “miniature monuments, testimonies to the power of language and metaphors of the imagination.”
My Modern Met has granted permission to feature photos of Stephen Doyle.
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