I admire the cut-out book collages of Alexander Korzer-Robinson, but still cringe a little at the evisceration of antiquarian books. He says of this work: “By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.”
You can see more of his work on his website and discover more about his process which uncovers new narratives utilizing the illustrations, graphs, charts and other artwork in the old volumes.