it all started . . .
. . . when Joseph got frustrated with conventional framing to showcase his detailed miniature paintings on copper. He experimented for several years with many alternatives at a time when he was also dabbling in found-object sculpture using single old books as display supports or piled up as pedestals for the sculpture experiments. Joseph was just about to give up on a framing alternative and was heading for his wood shop in the basement to build another pile of traditional black frames when he passed by one of these piles of old books. On top was a grade-school math book with a small rectangle sliced out of the front-cover cloth by a bored schoolboy. The copper plate fit into it perfectly. This light-bulb moment was the starting point for all of Joseph's Book-Arts series. That first one was an homage to David Lynch titled "Blue Velvet".
Joe continues to find ways to experiment and creatively push the use of books within his work. The links below will take you to the results.