This guide serves as a virtual exhibition catalogue from an exhibition of artists' books selected from the Baylor Book Arts Collection, exhibited February - March 2015. The exhibit was designed by Ben Johansen and Megan Martinsen with photography by Ben Johansen.
An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object. . . .What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental. The book could be made through fine press printing or hand-crafted, the pages illustrated with computer-generated images or cheap photocopies; books became sculptures, tiny and gargantuan; books were sliced up and reconfigured, made from all kinds of materials with unconventional objects incorporated, in unique or limited editions, or produced in multiple copies. With all sorts of ideas behind them, artists continue to challenge the idea, content and structure of the traditional book.
"Artist's books are works of art that take the form of a book. They are typically created by artists who use the book form as a medium for their creative expression. Artist's books can take many different forms, from traditional bound books to sculptural works, and they often incorporate a range of materials, such as paper, fabric, found objects, and even electronics.
Artist's books can be viewed as an extension of traditional book-making and publishing practices, but with an emphasis on experimentation, innovation, and artistic expression. They are often produced in small editions or as unique, one-of-a-kind objects, and are collected by museums, libraries, and individual art collectors.
Artist's books have a long and rich history, with roots in the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, including Dada, Surrealism, and Fluxus. They continue to be an important and influential form of contemporary art, and are celebrated for their ability to challenge traditional notions of what a book can be and how it can function." (ChatGPT response to "define artists' books")
Click on titles for more information about each work.
1. Stephanie Stigliano. City sights and sounds
2. Sam Antonacci. Point of origin
3. Michelle Ray. God created the sea and painted it blue so we'd feel good on it
4. Karen Kunc. Ten thousand things
5. Brian Dettmer. Original fan
6. Susan Joy Share. Barefeet
7. Sarah Press. Evolve = unroll
8. Mark Head. Khorlo in blues
9. Zena Zipporah. Famous women as Victorians
10. Laura Russell. Anything helps
11. Amy Pirkle. Smoke
12. Jennifer Brook. Descendant
13. Elsi Vassdal Ellis. Altered state one
14. Guy Himber. V & A Steamworks
15. Linda Welch. Nothing's ever clear
16. Merike van Zanten. Bounties of nature
17. Lois Morrison. Incarnations
18. Alicia Bailey. Euxoa auxiliara
19. Carolyn Shattuck. The quilts of Gee's Bend vol. 2
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