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With 411 and Google, what is the point of phone books? They’re tedious to use, they take up space, they’re heavy and a very un-green contribution to Mother Nature’s home. When you have no use for something any longer, create create create. Alex Queral takes an ordinary phone book and carves a face into this object of so many faceless names. With the book, a very sharp X-ACTO® knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. Once the carving is complete, he applies a black wash to enhance the features and then seals the entire book with acrylic to preserve the work. However, he never loses the line registration and the book remains pliable.

“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.”


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