“Between” is a 2012 exhibit by artist Math Monahan featuring a collection of braided reference books that slowly unfurl back into ordinary tomes. The books are installed at the University of Michigan in the Penny Stamps Graduate Studio and the Hatcher Graduate library.
Between is an installation that explores the stillness in the space between places, powers and context. Using a system of braided books, I am attempting to create a structure that possesses its power and agency only when it exist between academic book and art object. By allowing the tension of the circle arrangement to hold the object together, without adhesives or restraint, the pages slowly unbraid themselves over time giving the installation the opportunity to become books, again, in their original form.
images via Math Monahan