For those of us who never want to stop reading, this might be the best bookcase ever designed – a loop that folds endlessly back upon itself. Unfortunately, despite the awesome visual effect of the piece it only stores (of course) a finite number of actual volumes.
Award-winning artist Job Koelewijn is known for works that engage his audiences and invite them to touch and otherwise more directly experience his creations. He has worked with everything from photography, film and architecture to performing art.
Given his love of the written word and for senses such as touch and smell it is no surprise that Job chooses to work with books over and over and over again. Sometimes this takes the form of sculpture and other times the book covers become mosaics on walls or surfaces layered upon other sculptural forms.
“Although conceptual in nature, Job Koelewijn’s work is also highly tactile,” reads his artist statement. “Koelewijn attracted attention early on, when he was still a student at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. For his final project, he had his mother and aunts dress in traditional Spakenburg folk costume and ritually clean the Academy’s glass exhibition pavilion. Since then his work has ranged from photography and film to architectural structures, and from small objects to large installations. He covered the floor of a Medieval hall in Middelburg with spaghetti, which was pulverised under the feet of visitors; he applied perfumed baby powder to the walls of a space at the Biennale in Venice; and he turned urban and rural landscapes into a ‘film screen’ by placing the auditorium of a cinema before them.”
“Koelewijn makes abundant use of text in his work. He favours poetry, for example by Marsman or Beckett, and materials that appeal to the sense of touch, smell and hearing. His work is one of tremendous fragility and purity, qualities that, like cleanliness, he turns into themes; his ‘stories’ are always highly visual and imaginative and have an immediate appeal. Koelewijn’s work is not really commercial; much of it is produced for exhibitions and is temporary in nature.”