Nick Georgiou sculptures from books
Nick Georgiou sculptures from books. These cool paper sculptures are made by Tucson artist Nick Georgiou. Georgiou’s works are inspired by “the death of the printed word/world, economic collapse, political and environmental uncertainty. No matter how nice the smell of old books is, their weight and the fact that trees go down to make paper are huge disadvantages. Nowadays, e-book readers offer enough storage for entire libraries which would be impossible to carry while traveling.
From a distance, one could not distinguish these masterpieces from paintings that have hints of expressionism, surrealism, abstract art and even cubism. However, the purpose of this exhibition is special, too. As the artist claims on his blog, the source of inspiration for this type of art is represented by the death of the printed word. With more and more people moving towards Amazon’s Kindle and other such e-book readers, typography will soon disappear. While this is sad on one hand, it seems like a necessary evolution for the media to me, not to mention the beneficial effect on the world’s forests. No matter how nice the smell of old books is, their weight and the fact that trees go down to make paper are huge disadvantages. Nowadays, e-book readers offer enough storage for entire libraries which would be impossible to carry while traveling.
Inspired by the death of the printed word, Georgiou, transforms discarded books and newspapers found on the street into sculpture, offering new possibilities in a digital world. Nick Georgiou: Paper Elegies coincides with the Arizona Premiere of the Arizona Theatre Company production of God of Carnage, Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play.
“Paper Elegies” breathes new life into old print, creating quirky, life-like figures such as the Scholar. Georgiou selects, works, arranges and stacks brightly colored paper to create the illusion of a 3 dimensional sculpted bust resting on a table. Georgiou expresses his concern that generations of learning are languishing in favor of the immediacy and entertainment value of iPads, and assorted other devices. At the same time, technology also facilitates an overwhelming volume of unvetted information, too great to digest. Georgiou believes that by reconfiguring disconnected pages and scraps of published works into sculpture like The Scholar, he offers an alternative to our addiction to infotainment, the possibility of regeneration, which neither free Apps nor 24 hours cable news can provide.
A native New Yorker, Nick Georgiou received his BFA in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Art at New York University, and worked in film prior to pursuing a full time career as a sculptor. Georgiou has received commissions from Oxford University Press and the Washington Post Corporation. His work has been exhibited at Black Rat Press and Andipa Modern galleries in London, and in several shows in the New York area. Georgiou moved to Tucson after an exhibition at the University of Arizona in 2009.