Deconstructing the Great Books

When I was growing up my parents put a great deal of emphasis on the idea of education. This is on the surface a great thing although the idea of the Great Books is that all learning is contained in this collection of a very limited canon and that if you just learn these ideas you are educated. Even though all influential works, coming from a northern European bias, they are limited in scope. I tried to read some of it, but for the most part I couldn’t make sense of it.

My inheritance came down to these books and an out of date set of Encyclopedia Brittanica. Deconstructing the Great Books started with cutting apart the books with a bandsaw. Originally I was going to somehow put them back together into something unrelated although I never figured out what. The project never came together since my interest in conceptual art waned, although I did end up with this small set of drawings done over a couple of days. I ended up burning the encyclopedias.

Importing the images, I never bothered to reduce the size so I was surprised at how it displayed. I kind of like it, but if you want to see how it actually looks you can go to the gallery in the sidebar.

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