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The Bookmobile Dystopic Mixed Media Art
A daydream about the disappearance of the book, dragging its dinosaur body out to the field to wander aimlessly in search of a place to rest for eternity.
*Title: The Bookmobile
*Medium: acrylic + silkscreen on wood
*Size: 48" x 40.5"
*prints available upon request
"I've always been a fan of the printed word, especially in book form: the book, the pages, the smell of the paper. I love the tactility of it. I like it as an object. I like its history. When I was younger, I would see the bookmobile driving around the county, heading to remote places to deliver books and magazines to those who might not be able to make it to the library. In this day and age, the printed word is under attack from rapidly advancing technology. I fear that it will soon be just a vintage item that we talk to our children about, as if it were an antique fishing pole or a motor-less lawn mower. Many bookstores and libraries are losing their customers and patrons, many large booksellers have had to close their doors. The hulking form of the printed word has been dragging its dinosaur body out to the field to wander aimlessly in search of a place to rest for eternity. The painting is based on a daydream I had about this process of the ill-romantic disappearance of the book. The piece features a roadside billboard, similar to a sign advertising a restaurant or motel, sitting in the middle of a desert landscape. The planes flying over represent the rapidly advancing technology, shiny, foreign and omnipresent, speaking a language all their own, flying over the heads of the bookmobile whose beautiful form is a living fossil."