They aren't foretelling the book's demise, they are opening up the book as a new canvas in today's world. Transition and transformation. Artist's books have been around for decades, and now they're getting popularized by the "new" media. Mike's concept and paintings are thoughtful, clever and beautiful.
This is beautiful. I'm like a librarian, in that the desecration of books usually infuriates me, but these paintings are so brilliant that I am completely fine with the use of novels as a canvas. There's something strangely poetic about this that I can't quite put my finger on...