Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Book Art

"Nowadays, book art reaches beyond the traditional ink and paper format, and incorporates a vast range of materials, techniques and methodologies... the book art genre encompasses approaches from multiple to limited edition livres d'artistes, from small press handcrafted books to book-like works of art..."

Those who have pioneered development in this field include William Morris, the Kelmscott Press, William Blake, Ambroise Vollard, the Futurists, Dadaists, Surrealists, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Sonia Delaunay, Jean Dubuffet, Fluxus, Ed Ruscha, Liliane Lijn, Dieter Roth, Sol LeWitt, Tom Philips and Rachel Whiteread.

Exploring the book as a vehicle for personal creative expression allows illustrators to investigate and integrate:

  • Form and Function
  • Content
  • Narrative
  • structure
  • texture
  • format
  • paper
  • engineering
  • text, image and object relationships
  • pacing
  • pagination
  • sequence
  • juxtaposition
  • time

Information from: Wigan, Mark. Text and Image. Singapore: AVA Publishing SA, 2008.

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