An exhibit of the work of Franklin “Buzz” Spector will continue through Nov. 3 at the Huntington Museum of Art.
The Chicago native recently led a workshop at the museum. He works in a range of media, including sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking and book arts. His work often uses the book as a subject and an object and addresses the relationships between public history, individual memory and perception.
Spector has torn, cut and painted the pages of hundreds of books to create cascading images within their bindings with the intent of transforming books and language rather than to destroy the books.
The artist also has produced a few of his own books since the mid-1970s. “Buzzwords,” published in 2012, features six interviews spanning nearly 30 years and showcases his ideas about art, books, libraries and his own history of reading. Other titles include “Time Square,” a limited edition letterpress book, published in 2007 by Pyracantha Press, whose text is taken from a sequence of Google searches on the nature of time.