Center City Branch
Vox Populi, Philadelphia
August 7 - August 30, 2009

Center City Branch was assembled from books found in thrift stores and used bookstores across Philadelphia as well as 25 titles borrowed from the Free Library of Philadelphia. A photocopier, scanner, and work table were provided to for general use. Library-generated artworks by Kim Beck, Rachel Bers, Charles Goldman, Steve Griffin, Marget Long, Anna Stein, and Chris Warrington were exhibited alongside the books.

Center City Branch at the Vox Populi website


Steve Griffin
Celluloss, 2009
Acrylic, nail polish and sharpie on paper mounted on wood
21 x 24"
Derived from
Bark Structure of North American Conifers
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1954
S21 .A72 no.1095

Steve Griffin
Coin of the Realm, 2009
Acrylic, nail polish and sharpie on paper mounted on wood
23 x 24"
Derived from
Inside Wood: Masterpieces of Nature
Wasington, D.C.: The American Forestry Association, 1970
QK647 .H37

Steve Griffin
Nature Doesn't Care, 2009
Acrylic, nail polish and sharpie on paper mounted on wood
22.5 x 24"
Derived from
The Forest
New York, NY: Time Incorporated, 1961
QK938.F6 F34

Anna Stein
Rorschach Esp Test, 2009
Pen on Vellum (triptych) each 11 x 14"
Derived from
Inkblot Perception and Personality: Holtzman Inkblot Technique
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1961
BF431 .H557
How to Test Your ESP
New York, NY: E. P. Dutton, 1982
BF1321 .C634

Chris Warrington
Human Behavior, 2009
30 x 40"
Acrylic on Canvas
Derived from
Understanding Human Behavior: Vol. 1: An Illustrated Guide to Successful Human Relationships
New York, NY: Columbia House, 1974
BF145 .U53 vol. 1

Charles Goldman
800 Pictures From 639 Books, 2009
DVD; 66 min
Derived from 639 books in the Reanimation Library, August 2009

Marget Long
That is Not Really There, 2009
Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper
12 x 16"
Derived from
Optical Illusions
New York, NY: Franklin Watts, 1986
QP495 .W48

Kim Beck
Fig. 64-9, 2009
Digital animation; 56 seconds, looped
Edition of 5
Derived from
Architecture: Drafting and Design
New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 1971
NA2700 .H4

Rachel Bers
Untitled, 2009
Colored velum on paper
32 x 48"
Derived from
Introduction to Botany
Boston, MA: Ginn and Company, 1914
QK47 .B522
The Plant World: A Text in College Botany
New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1941
QK47 .F88