Jan 7, 2018
Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Amazon Kindle fans who can’t figure out what the big deal about book art might be… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
Quite frankly, I’m way out of my usual comfort zone with today’s guest, book artist Richard Minsky. Minsky is such a specialized artist that today may be the first and only time you’ll ever see his one-of-a-kind work up close and almost personal. Of course, he’d really like it if you checked out the just published collection of his work accompanied by his autobiography, The Book Art of Richard Minsky.
RICHARD MINSKY podcast excerpt: "The glove I used on The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson? It's an illustration in some ways of the American legal system. Whether it's use or abuse, it's up to the individual reader to decide."
How to describe Minsky’s art? Maybe by example:
• For a celebration of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four, he constructed a bookbinding with an LCD monitor built into the leather cover and a miniature video camera hidden within. Hold the book in front of you and you see yourself on the cover. Spooky.
• The Geography of Hunger is encased by what looks like human teeth. Message received, right?
• A collection of works by poet Patti Smith, titled Babel, is held together with safety pins, the symbol of the early punk movement.
• One more: For the jacket of a copy of writer Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Minsky mounted a leather glove on the cover, its fingertips dripping with blood.
For more examples, check out the slideshow at Minsky.com. I don’t know where this conversation is headed. But I do know that few of us has ever met an artist and craftsman as unique as my guest today.