October 12, 2020

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Anabelle Accetta-Beman

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There’s A Book Made Of Cheese!

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There are probably over a million different ways to make a book. From the paper to the cover to the binding method, every aspect of a book is customizable and can be changed. The Ancient Egyptians used papyrus, we use regular paper, and Ben Denzer… He uses cheese! 20 Slices …

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There are probably over a million different ways to make a book. From the paper to the cover to the binding method, every aspect of a book is customizable and can be changed. The Ancient Egyptians used papyrus, we use regular paper, and Ben Denzer… He uses cheese!

20 Slices is a book that instead of having paper has—-you guessed it—-twenty slices of American Cheese. Each “page” is a plastic-wrapped Kraft single, and it has yellow front and back covers to match. Only a limited number of copies of this book were produced, some of which were collected by the Auchtermuchty Food Museum (Fife, Scotland), Baylor University (Waco, Texas), and Tufts University (Massachusetts).

Author and creator Ben Denzer is a New York-based artist. He was a student at Princeton and worked at Penguin Publishing as a book cover designer. More recently, he has made other books like 20 Slices, such as 200 Fortunes (Chinese fortune cookie fortunes), $200 In Order (two hundred single dollar bills organized by serial number), and 20 Sweeteners (20 Splenda packets). All of these books and similar works can be found on his Catalog Press website.

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In his art, Denzer explores the idea that despite their content, books are still ordinary objects; he chooses to emphasize a book’s physical composition instead of its “meaning.” Pieces like 20 Slices are far from subtle when it comes to conveying his ideas, and for a little book that’s less than four inches wide, it certainly makes a shocking initial impact.

Images © 2020 Catalog Press, published and designed by Ben Denzer