There is a long tradition of artists employing the crafts and technologies of mainstream publishing to create books which either document their practice or serve as artworks in their own right. Increased access to printing and publishing technologies combined with a renewed interest in the craft and materiality of book-making, has seen the number of artists creating books continue to expand.
Picture Book features a range of UK-based practitioners who take a variety of approaches to producing artists’ books. The common thread between the work on display is a particular focus on the publishing of image-based books, whether an industrially produced compendium of graphic art, a limited edition, hand-bound ‘zine of drawing or photography, or a one-of-a kind, paper-cut tomb so large that it can only be ‘read’ at scheduled performances.
This group exhibition gives audiences an opportunity to see a wide collection of publications alongside images pulled from their pages and reproduced as original artworks. Picture Book culminates with the 19th Contemporary Artists Book Fair on Saturday 5 March and Sunday 6 March, which will welcome over 50 artist-publishers and imprints.
FEATURING: CRAIG ATKINSON, CHRISTIAN BARNES, DAVID BARTON, NOUS VOUS, LANDFILL EDITIONS