Themed Pages & Mediums

By Tanya Silverman

Too Much Information (2). By Jordan Buschur. 2014. Acrylic on paper.

At times, Jordan Buschur’s book collection is lined horizontally on shelves, stacked neatly. Other times, selections are piled vertically, onto tabletops, floors, or chairs.

Removed literary selections are often assembled thematically, like in Buschur’s painting, School For Girls, which features legible titles like “Understanding” and “How to Be” above a feminine facial silhouette cover. Sometimes books look misarranged–even de-arranged from furniture toppling–with cryptic allusions to their meaning.

School For Girls. By Jordan Buschur. 2014. Acrylic on panel.

“There’s a lot of potential with books because there’s so much you can hint at with content,” explains Buschur.

As an artist, Buschur says she has painted books almost exclusively since 2012. She renders these colorful oil and acrylic works from photographs she takes after setting stacks up around her studio.

“The selection starts even before I make the composition for the installation when I’m buying the books,” she says. “I’m always looking for interesting book covers to add to the collection.”

Aesthetically speaking, painted spines show peaceful-looking nature scenes of lush river valleys, linked chains, dots, eyes, or simple solid colors. Content-wise, Buschur uses printmaking textbooks that she personally references as an artist, but also amasses a large collection of romance novels.

“It’s really interesting to play with this idea of genres of books that are seen as ‘lesser-than,’” she assesses, “like self-help books or romance novels–things that are about longing or wanting to improve your life or wishing for something different.”

Currently, Buschur is selling some prints of books through Tiny Showcase and part of the proceeds will go to Women’s Media Center. Buschur chose the organization because of her longtime connection with feminism; she deems Women’s Media Center helpful in supporting women’s voices by providing them avenues to express themselves.

Buschur is also an active curator. She’s now collaborating with Jac Lahav for the NYC SPRING/BREAK Art Show for an exhibit titled Trash4Gold. Given the greater prompt of TRANSACTION, the co-curators chose the direction of working with “cast-off materials and discarded materials that are transformed through the act of art making.” Some of these artistic transformations are visible, she says, with the materials being part of the piece, while others are more disguised.

Trouble Free Future. By Jordan Buschur. 2014. Acrylic on paper.

Whether it’s through paints or prints, different media or mediums, Buschur is apt at choosing avenues to theme art and expression by herself and others.

‘SPRING/BREAK’ Art Show will be at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City from Mar 4-8.

All images courtesy of Jordan Buschur.