Grangerized Books (Art made from books)
A few weeks ago Dictionary.com sent me a great vocabulary word for the day:
verb: 1. To add to the visual content of a book by inserting images not included in the original volume, often by mutilating other books.
2. To mutilate books in order to get illustrative material for such a purpose.
(Above: Grangerized book by Brian Dettmer)
“He looked up from his reading, ‘An Illustrated History of Sparta,’ which he proceeded to grangerize.”
— Roger Rosenblatt, Beet: A Novel
“If, however, Mr. Lindsay is determined to grangerize his collections, I would suggest that before he does so he should examine the illustrated Clarendon in the Bodleian Library which has the character for being the most magnificent grangerized book in existence.”
— William White, “Regimental Messes,” Notes and queries, Volume 82, 1890.
Grangerize is named after James Granger (1723-1776), an English clergyman whose “Biographical History of England” (1769) included blank areas for additional illustrations.
And more definitions from online dictionaries:
-verb- to illustrate (a book already printed) with engravings, prints, etc. obtained elsewhere, often by clipping them from other books.
-verb- to damage (a book) by clipping such engravings, etc.
(Above: Grangerized book by Yuken Teruya)
A lot of artists these days are using the book as their medium. While I’m not sure all of their work exactly matches the definition of the word grangerize, when I first read the definition, I thought right away of artists such as Cara Barer, Yuken Teruya and the master of book mutilation–uh–grangerization, Brian Dettmer.
I’ve wanted to do a blog post (or individual blog posts) on artists whose medium is books (and paper) for a long time. And while I would still love to feature more artists in this blog, in the meantime there are plenty of great online galleries of grangerizers’ works.