UCLA Arts Library n6797.g372 – n6797.j37

Through the intentional displacement of significant amounts of library books from an educational institution (UCLA Arts Library), the piece exposes the under-used books available to students by recontextualizing them in an art gallery. The piece challenges viewers to reassess the historic value of books and libraries by checking out a bookcase-worth of books for a week. By wrapping the books in gold paper and placing a barrier around the bookshelf, they are stripped from their inherent function as a repository for information, highlighting the shift of books from a referential purpose to a reverential one.

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The books’ label on each row reads:

  1. Check your privilege
  2. Value your books
  3. Use your books
  4. Use your privilege
  5. Use your value
  6. Value your privilege

In conjunction with Kevin Lin

Ready made: Library books, Wooden Cabinet, Foil Wrapping paper

15 3/4x11x79 1/2″