Daily Life inside a Book

Sculpture by Kyle Kirkpatrick (4)

UK-based artist Kyle Kirkpatrick carves pages from reading books to make “imaginary landscapes.” He uses miniature figures to setup a fictional living environment. “I myself see books as a fountain of knowledge that can inspire, inform and provoke imagination,” [1] states Kirkpatrick.

See also: “Amazing Book Carvings.”

Notes by the artist: [2]

My practice is primarily concerned with the notion of the imagined landscape. I present man-made objects and natural materials simultaneously to form carefully and meticulously composed installation works. I capitalize on intrigue taking objects out of context reinventing their use, pushing the viewer to see beyond what I present before them, a glass could be interpreted as a lake or a metal bracket a cliff. The materiality of the objects that I place before the viewer and the dissemination of them is integral to the reading of the work. There is a strong dialogue between the materials and their placement within the space.

Underpinning my practice are a series of tensions, playing with the idea of the familiar vs. the unfamiliar, the upturned glass of water an example of this. Elements are supported, propped and pushed against each other in order to create these tensions. The very existence of the work as I present it is under jeopardy from the moment I place it in the space. There is a play off between the calm considered, structured composition and the tension caused by just the slightest interference from the viewer. The spectator looks on knowing that even their smallest intrusion on the work could cause a catastrophe, breaking or fracturing its existence.

Sculpture by Kyle Kirkpatrick (5) Sculpture by Kyle Kirkpatrick (2)
Top: Photo © Leo Reynolds.
Sculpture by Kyle Kirkpatrick (6)
1. Kirkpatrick, Kyle. "Untitled." Redbubble.com. Retrieved on January 11th, 2012.

2. "About." Saatchi Online. Retrieved on January 11th, 2012.

Photos © Kyle Kirkpatrick

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January 12, 2012 3D Art Sculpture