- Artist’s books
Early experiments in the shape of narrative
What can a book do? What makes reading different from other æsthetic experience?
Textbooks – fiction, nonfiction, poetry – are intellectual: the mind supplies the images. Visual books – art monographs, histories, etc. – are didactic: the images serve to illustrate the text. Artist’s books are primarily sensual, concerned with manipulating the form of the book – paper, binding – and how images can play out in serial form; or as unorthodox settings for text.
The books below were part of an ongoing effort to meld those three agendas – intellectual, didactic, sensual – into objects whose words and images lived in a careful symbiosis: not existing to serve the other, but to work together to make something different than either.