I racked my brain trying to remember the last time I used a phonebook or even held one in my possession for that matter. I think it was back in 1998. Cuban-American artist Alex Queral makes good use of the semi-ancient directory of endless names and numbers.
Queral uses phonebooks as his medium. Equipped with acrylics and a razor knife, he carves portraits into the bound pages. The background of names remains intact and legible, so if you so happen to really need a number, you’ve made dual use of the phonebook! According to Queral, the single face against the backdrop of appellations is meant to “celebrate the individual lost in the anonymous list of thousands of names that describes the size of the community.”
Next time you find yourself wandering around the Philadelphia International Airport, be sure to stop by Terminal F to see the faces in the flesh paper.
via Scene 360