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.
Tatsuro Kiuchi’s ode to tomes (and their home) is stacked thick—in In the Library, stripes and colors assemble themselves into spines and shelves. It’s a print that would find itself in good company with Jane Mount’s Ideal Bookshelf series and Mickey Smith’s elegant volumes. It also pairs well with Tatsuro’s other prints, which celebrate a few more of our favorite things: biking, baseball and photography. Tatsuro’s tribute to an institution founded on sharing and giving is apropos for reasons other than this week’s national holiday.