Cut-up artist alphabetizes the newspaper

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  1. PaulR says:

    Not just the type, she’s also rearranging the pixels!

  2. ChibiR says:

    Holy crap… my jaw just kept dropping with each new project she showcased. I’m amazed by her dedication and patience.

  3. Greg323 says:

    OCD. They have meds for that..

    • Elmo Gearloose says:

      You mean CDO, don’t you?

    • freshacconci says:

      In all seriousness, and I know many others have asked this question before me, but how many future artists have been “cured” by medication? I guess the other side is, should artists suffer or make art? Obviously, not all artists have a mental disorder, nor do you need to have a mental disorder to make great art. But it sometimes does happen.

      If van Gogh had the choice, would he have continued down the path to suicide or would he have taken some pills and been happy?

      • BookGuy says:

        From what I’ve read (and in my own humble experience), artistry itself is never “cured” by medication. The idea that mental illness provides inspiration or insight is probably at least part true, but in reality, mental illness isn’t a boon to creative output–it crushes it. You just don’t get a lot done when suicidally depressed or besieged with hallucinations. I’d like to think that Van Gogh on medication would have given us more Van Gogh paintings to enjoy.

        • freshacconci says:

          Good response. I think you’re correct: van Gogh could have produced more, lived longer and actually had a happier life.

      • Martin DeMello says:

        Doctor, you say that there are no haloes
        around the streetlights in Paris
        and what I see is an aberration
        caused by old age, an affliction.
        I tell you it has taken me all my life
        to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,
        to soften and blur and finally banish
        the edges you regret I don’t see,
        to learn that the line I called the horizon
        does not exist and sky and water,
        so long apart, are the same state of being.

        – Lisel Mueller, from “Monet Refuses the Operation”

  4. 2k says:

    If Kim had taken one of those letters to her post office and handed it to an employee I think it would have gotten through without the charge.
    hmm, I feel like if one had gone through the post as a stamp it would have more… oomph.
    Present oomph notwithstanding.

  5. spleen says:

    this could have been done in about 2 seconds in Photoshop.
    (what symbol is used for understated? I will use emphasised.. can’t.. will use distance instead)

    I don’t use photo shop

  6. Art says:

    Truly a “Beautiful Mind”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So thin the line between artist and “some crazy person”…

    Seriously though, she won me over with the graphic/pixel based work, that is actually really beautiful and cool.

  8. RockMutha says:

    id lkie to see a wlohe neswpeapr dnoe lkie tihs. Now taht wulod be itnretsnig.

  9. pjcamp says:

    She newspapers AND make does? At the same time?

  10. double_tilly says:

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  11. sic transit gloria C.F.A. says:

    My word. What an amazing way to waste time she has discovered. In that sense, indeed, she is truly a great artist.

  12. Anonymous says:

    AACDEENOPPT!

  13. double_tilly says:

    The next step would be to rearrange the letters into something “meaningful” but different than the original. A disgustingly complex anagram.

  14. Gregory Goldmacher says:

    I can’t imagine how long that must have taken. Patience, indeed!

  15. Jonathan Badger says:

    Reminds me of a cartoon that came out around the time of the first release of the Human Genome — a group of scientists is looking at a printout that reads “AAAAAAAA….”. One scientist is saying to the others: “The good news is that we’ve assembled the human genome; the bad news is that the computer alphabetized it.”

  16. nixiebunny says:

    We must harness this power and use it for good!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Actually makes better reading than the Albany Times Union.

  18. Brainspore says:

    Edhhooopppst. I acn ellt by eht eilpsx.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Writing is not a “collection of letters” — it’s a series of sounds represented by written symbols, and representing ideas, thoughts, arguments. (To state the obvious.) This work might toy cleverly with the symbols of language, but I’m not sure I see how it gets below that surface. I think we all realize our symbolic language is essentially an arbitrary collection of shapes.

  20. warmestregards says:

    Reminds me of this work by Rutherford Chang: http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/15/chang.php

  21. DaveP says:

    hwy eht cfku dlouw eemnoos do hist?

  22. weatherman says:

    In what way is this provocative? In what way is this commentary? I see neither in this.

    • freshacconci says:

      That’s too bad.

    • Nerdynothings says:

      agreed. “The work is a beautiful and provocative commentary on the form and content of print media.” that’s something people say when they don’t know what else to say, and they don’t think “wow, this is cool,” will make them appear smart enough.

      • freshacconci says:

        And what you said is exactly what people say when they’re afraid they don’t understand art and want to appear above it all.

        • Nerdynothings says:

          i’m 100% not afraid to admit i don’t see any deep meaning or provocative commentary in this art. that was kind of the point of my comment, sir. since, you seem to hold a profound appreciation of the subtle messages in this piece, please, enlighten me.

          • freshacconci says:

            I like this work and don’t owe you an explanation. As a rule, I don’t care for the art featured on boingboing. I’m not into the Pop Surrealist stuff that is usually featured here. So I choose not to engage in the discussions in those threads. I’m not arrogant enough to think that those threads require my dissenting view.

            So you don’t like this work. Why are you compelled to comment? You’re not adding to the discussion, you’re not offering a real critique. You only state that nobody could possibly really like this, so they give vague assessments that betray a lack of depth. A “commentary on the form and content of print media” is a perfectly valid assessment of the work and I’m sure Cory could have provided a much more in-depth analysis of the work of he was so inclined. If you got nothing useful to say, why say anything? Just to hear your own voice?

          • Nerdynothings says:

            i guess this is where we disagree “A “commentary on the form and content of print media” is a perfectly valid assessment”

            i was just trying to spark a discussion about the piece. clearly, my comment was more offensive than i intended it to be. ah well, it happens.

    • daemonsquire says:

      Regarding provocative commentary, everyone’s scale is subjective, I s’pose, no? Here’s a bit of the SFMOMA blurb on the Alphabetized Bible I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to link to, which may share something in terms of comment or provocation with Kim Rugg’s work:

      The Alphabetized Bible investigates the idea that any piece of writing, no matter its intellectual weight, is nothing more than a collection of letters.[...] As the artist describes it, “The intention of my work is to formally and conceptually break language down into its tiniest essential units, and apply the unique properties of the system to the system itself, subjecting it to its own idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies in remarkable patterns.”

      • freshacconci says:

        No, no. You see, I don’t like it so therefore it’s pretentious! “The intention of my work is to formally and conceptually break language down into its tiniest essential units, and apply the unique properties of the system to the system itself, subjecting it to its own idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies in remarkable patterns” is what people say when they don’t know what else to say.

        • Nerdynothings says:

          i do like it, there is a difference between enjoying something aesthetically and finding deeper meaning. If you would have come up with similar words yourself instead of regurgitating the quote, i could believe you found said deeper meaning.

      • Nerdynothings says:

        “The Alphabetized Bible investigates the idea that any piece of writing, no matter its intellectual weight, is nothing more than a collection of letters.”

        That makes sense. In response i’d say, instead of deconstructing the message, construct one of importance — the alphabet alone isn’t going to change the world, but within it lies the potential to destroy everything.

  23. daemonsquire says:

    This has a bit in common with a piece my friend Tauba did, a few years ago, rearranging all the letters in the Bible, alphabetically. I know Tauba didn’t cut and paste each letter by hand, and I’m pretty sure software was involved at some point, but it was not a two-minutes-with-Photoshop job, either.

    I’m also reminded of someone who came into my shop once, where I gild letters, asking about how I might apply gold leaf to these lacy patterns she’d cut from sheets of graph ledger paper, by laboriously x-acto slicing out the tiny blank squares between all the lines. I feel like maybe BoingBoing has posted about her art at sometime previously, unless I’m confusing it with whoever it is that makes lacy paper art taking a blade to the blank spots of city maps…

  24. Tgg161 says:

    I love conceptual art, and this video was right up my alley. In particular, those cereal boxes: /swoon!

  25. daemonsquire says:

    Oops, I think I screwed up the hyperlink html: that’s “a piece my friend Tauba did, a few years ago, rearranging all the letters in the Bible, alphabetically“.

    Hmm, still not working in the Preview… At any rate, part of that is supposed to be hyperlinked to http://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/125794, but I can’t find how I’m messing up the code, or failing the links policy. I s’pose it’s not quite as dead-on relevant as the link to the Rutherford alphabetized NYTimes, mentioned above… Although, I note, even that typed-out whole address isn’t showing up in hyperlink red. Oh, well. Nifty art, anyway.

  26. double_tilly says:

    If one were into numerology, breaking a newspaper down like this would be a good first step in computing and interpreting the vibrational frequencies of the page.

    Or, to put it another way, work like this might spark some conversation about the symbolic roots of letter forms and what sort of weight said letter forms carry from their ancient origins through to the present day. Like memetics, except for individual letters, which are memes, in a way, especially when considered historically.

    I believe there are a group of linguists and others who are into breaking down works of literature into alphabetized word lists. It’s a neat way to analyze the author’s word palette, etc.

    I think it would be neat to record everything you have ever typed, then break it into an alphabetical list by word.

  27. Anonymous says:

    ACD-ORT

  28. Anonymous says:

    i am blown away. she nailed it.

    .~.

  29. jackdavinci says:

    How are the pixels ordered? I see a vague transition, but it still seems too noisy to be a strict ordering rule.

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