Doug Beube is a mixed-media artist who works in collage, installation, sculpture and photography. He is an independent curator as well as the curator of a private collection for Allan Chasanoff in New York City entitled, The Book Under Pressure, which utilizes the book for purposes other than their utilitarian form. Doug teaches classes in mixed-media, artist’s books and photography and is invited to lecture at universities and art programs during the year. He teaches in the photography department at Parsons The New School and is a graduate advisor at the School for the Visual Arts in New York City. Doug exhibits both nationally and internationally and his bookworks and photographs are in numerous private and public collections.
altered books, wood
10 1/2 x 28 x 3 ¾ in.
Two books, The High Walls of Jerusalem by Roland Sanders and Arab and Jew; Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler are cut into one-inch strips and placed on their ends to reveal every printed page of text as an abstract line resembling an EEG mapping. Each book is placed in an ‘L’ shaped wooden armature which functions as a bookend. Not only do they support other books, as a metaphor the partition references; the wall constructed between the Israelis and Palestinians; the story of the parting of the Red Sea by Moses; and the collapse of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers on 9/11 in New York City.