As we slowly replace printed books with digital versions, conceptual artist and photographer Mickey Smith has made it her mission to document bound periodicals and professional journals in public libraries. Some of the volumes she has captured have already been destroyed. “I am struck by the physical mass of knowledge and the tenuousness of printed work as it fades from public consciousness,” says Smith.
Five boxes of heavy books made it in the move from one borough to another. The small picture of books wasn’t so lucky.
On one hand I was really sad to hear that the glass shattered, but on the other hand I was oh so very happy to spot one of our sold out Mickey Smith editions in the frame! (more of Mickey’s work here). This photograph immediately reminded me of one of my favorite art accidents ever: The $40-Million Elbow.