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Reading History: Reconstructed Books

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Guide_to_everything
The Guide to Everything, 2008 Reconstructed Books © Mary V. Marsh
Reading History: Reconstructed Books

475 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
May 2nd, 2008 - May 31st, 2008
Opening: May 2nd, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.mercurytwenty.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
East Bay
EMAIL:  
mercurytwenty@gmail.com
PHONE:  
510-701-4620
OPEN HOURS:  
Thurs-Sat 12 to 6, First Friday openings from 6-9pm and by appt. call 510-701-4620
TAGS:  
Oakland, recycled, books
COST:  
free

DESCRIPTION
Reading History refers to the artist's re-reading of the past through old books as well as taking an historic view of reading.
Marsh reinvents history by combining titles and bookcovers with drawings of people reading. Motivated by a love of
books and nostalgia for the idea of books and reading, she collects books no longer relevant or useful. Withdrawn
from a library or neglected at a book sale, the books have been transformed from a container of content to a visual object.
The artist finds that reassembling the book parts gives them new life, and a story about reading and history repeating itself--
a recycled history--is revealed.