Free Books

Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable, 2008

Free Books is an installation created for Art in Odd Places' 2008 exhibition Pedestrian. Each weekend during the exhibition I left a box marked "Free Books" somewhere on 14th Street in Manhattan. However, before placing the books on the street I removed the last few pages from each novel, destroying the books' functionality but transforming them into works of art (I also wrote my name in the front of each book, as a type of signature). Visitors to the exhibition might recognize the books as art, but the casual passer-by would only discover the alteration if he or she read one of the books to the end (and would probably be frustrated by my intervention, rather than appreciating the artistic value).