Library Art

by oneobserving


Situated on a library entrance wall, from floor to ceiling, this splendid art installation, Untitled (2005), by Cliff Eyland consists of over 1000 file-card-sized paintings depicting fanciful and realistic landscapes and portraits.

The individual 3″x5″ mixed media works reference the size of now defunct library catalogue cards, while the installation’s overall pixellated pattern suggests current digitally stored information.

Eyland, who views a library as an art institution, describes the arrangement of the file-card paintings across the wall as “scattered cataloguing, a kind of random cataloguing.” This intentional randomness creates a whimsical counterpoint to the systematic organization of a library.

Both awesome in scale and intimate in close-up inspection, this artwork is impressive, and for combining art and the library, I love it.