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Vandalism + Library Books=Art?

This is an interesting story which has spawned an idea that actually seems to hold some potential. Take freakishly vandalized library books and use the creeps work to make art. Seems like you don?t really need other artists to comment on and use his ?work? though to make a point. Isn?t the vandals ?statement? valid enough already to constitute an exhibition? I suppose it could be argued that without the additional artist?s comments, such a show would glorify the original perpetrator.

Here?s another potential Library themed art show we should work on: let?s save the icky and unusual things people return with their books and make an exhibition out of those goodies. Or, we could cover an entire wall with bookmarks returned in books. C?mon, floor to ceiling bookmarks would really catch your eye! Oh, how about this: we could put an enormous, extra fancy gilded frame around the most mangled romance novel we can dig out of the returns. We could call it ?True Literary Tragedy?. It?s funny on so many levels and it really, really makes you think. Now THAT is art, my friend.

Original story from the SF Examiner via LISNews

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