Photos: Alex Queral/Projects Gallery
Nobody uses phone books anymore, right?
Wrong. Using the very same bulky, cumbersome books that most of us toss into the recycling bin without a second thought, artist Alex Queral carves amazing 3-D sculpture portraits featuring subjects like celebrities, world leaders, and even abstract creations.
"In carving and painting a head from a phone directory, I’m celebrating the individual lost in the anonymous list of thousands of names that describe the size of the community," Queral says in his artist's statement. "In addition, I like the idea of creating something that is normally discarded every year into an object of longevity."
"Alex Queral carves a face into this object of so many faceless names," the Projects Gallery description of his artwork reads. "With the book, a very sharp X-Acto knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within."
President Barack Obama
Louise Fletcher as Nurse Mildred Ratched, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Young Bob Dylan
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