To celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19), WCU Libraries are highlighting artwork created from discarded, or ‘upcycled’ library materials. Next year we’ll ask YOU to contribute by taking part in our first Upcycled Art: Project Library challenge, with a chance to win prizes for your work.
In the Presser Music Library, we’re presenting two works: “Music from the Weeds,” by our own Denise Petrik in the Francis Harvey Green Library, and “Unbound”, by cartoonist John Kovaleski.
John used withdrawn academic journals to create “Unbound.” He took individual pages from the journals, highlighted a word on the page, and used that word as inspiration for a drawing on the page.
John has strung together hundreds of pages of drawings which hang near the columns along the library windows.
From the artist: "'Unbound' began as a simple exercise in using used books as sketchbooks and the words on the pages as the subject of the drawings, thus altering their identity. When I began using discarded bound journals the change in identity became even more important since they'd been rendered useless in this electronic age. The next logical step was to free them from their bindings and install the pages in a familiar setting but in a different context."