If ever there was a more creative re-use of discarded books than Berkeley artist Jim Rosenau's book shelves and cases, we've not seen it.
Rosenau's stock and trade is the visual pun. His raw materials? Old, hardbound books and their bizarre, decontextualized titles, which become fodder for witty and functional assemblages such as For the man who knows everything, made from a hammer and a bunch of (mostly) how-to books, or Pandemonium, constructed from cookbooks and kitchen gear.
Encyclopedia Britannica Bookcase
At Rosenau's 8th Street studio, This Into That, the artist works with found and recycled objects, producing unique and "Second Edition" book shelves and cases, miniature chairs and hanging sculptures.