Reanimation Library

I have always been intrigued by the graphics of previous generations. There is something haunting, compelling, provocative, sometimes downright humorous about these images. I have often used them in my own art work and have a collection of such books in my own library. Then I ran across “The Reanimation Library,” an actual library with an accessible digital presence as well, which is dedicated to the creative revival of these visuals and their texts. In their own words,

The Reanimation Library is a small, independent Presence Library open to the public. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of routine circulation and been acquired for their visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles, and given new life as a resource for artists, writers, cultural archeologists, and other interested parties.

Below are some of the intriguing images ripe with creative potential that I found in the Reanimation Library. Of course, I know only too well that in not so many years, contemporary illustrations that I live with everyday will grow in unexpected meaning and hold quirky observations to future generations.

In the meantime, I have already begun to collect a few of these non-contemporary and rather mysterious images for visual play, reanimating, if you will, and transforming their unintended significance and inference.

The Reanimation Library can be accessed here.

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3 Responses to Reanimation Library

  1. These images are familiar: 1) My ENT doctor used to irrigate my sinus with something similar when I was a youngster. 2) Something my mother would have done in the 50′s. 3) Me gnawing a carrot. 4) Sitting in front of a natural light lamp during the winter only a little more claustrophobic. 5) While I was still teaching and went for a hearing test and also recently when my GP held one on my knee to see if I could feel the vibrations. and 6) Someone I used to know, I think?

  2. Jerome Bloom says:

    AND YOU INDEED

    CREATED

    YOUR OWN

    ENCYCLOPEDIC

    IMAGES

  3. I need that bath to cure the diseases in my head (oh, and the picnic — so much meat!).

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