Jared Bark, an American artist, started placing stacks of books in the fields and woods on his farm in 2012. With only an image in his mind’s eye of a column of books standing at the edge of a field surrounded by trees, he embarked on this project.
After working on the outdoor stacks, Jared Bark brought the project indoors to his studio, creating various types of stacks: colourful ones, burned ones, effaced ones...
More recently, Jared Bark has been constructing vertical stacks of books that are then run through a sawmill to become acant, which refers to a log that has been milled on all four sides. The slender verticality of the sculptures references both the trees from which paper is made and the ancient freestanding columns Bark encountered in Pompeii. The book Book of Stacks, Stacks of Books collects, for the first time, a comprehensive selection of the stacks Bark has been creating over the past decade.
The book is beautifully set in Beirut Display.
Published by Chose Commune
Editorial Direction by Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi
Book stacks, Text, Exterior Photographs by Jared Bark
Studio Photographs by Jasone Wyche
Design by Atelier Tout va bien
It can be found at Chose Commune
Copyright Jared Bark and Chose Commune