Adam David Brown, Coresamples, Discarded Books
Core Sample: A century
A core sample extracted from the discarded books that I picked up over the course of a year.
2019

I collected discarded books from the curb-side for a year. Some of the books were very old and some were relatively new, with publishing dates that spanned over a century. So, I arranged them chronologically and bore through them to make an eight-foot long core-sample.

My plan was to cross-reference literature with the notion of a geological core sample by physically boring through a cross section of found books, as though the books themselves were the source of some kind of epistemological accretion. Boring holes through books is a conceptual transgression that challenges their function and repositions them as objects under investigation.