Phone Book Carving: The Art of Alex Queral
Ok, let’s admit it, with the advent of a nifty thing we like to call “the internet” phone books have kind of gone the way of the dinosaur. The last time I saw a phone book was about the last time I saw a telephone booth: back in the ’90s. Alex Queral has taken these books of a bygone era and decided to use them as a medium for his portrait work. From his website:
My fascination with heads began as an art student. For me, the human head was a natural choice of subject matter because of its inherent expressiveness. I carve the faces out of phone books because I like the three-dimensional quality that results and because of the unexpected results that occur working in this medium. The three-dimensional quality enhances the feeling of the pieces as an object as opposed to a picture.
In carving and painting a head from a phone directory, I’m celebrating the individual lost in the anonymous list of thousands of names that describe the size of the community. In addition, I like the idea of creating something that is normally discarded every year into an object of longevity.