Artists throughout time have been inspired to create books evolving from ancient scrolls and Egyptian manuscripts to today's electronic books. Over time, book forms have changed along with the materials and technologies used to create them. There are unlimited interpretations of what form a book can take. Some are traditional and feature a cover with bound pages while other books are conceptual, sculptural objects. Books can be printed as an edition or one-of-a-kind, they can include text and images or no text at all. They are a portable means of communication that suits the intention of their creator.
This exhibition features book forms by four Philadelphia area artists: Carol Barton, Hedi Kyle, Tom Leonard, and Mary Phelan - all of whom are renowned in the field of contemporary book arts. Each has their own unique perspective that encompasses pop-up, children's book illustration, traditional binding, and book as object.