In the age of e-readers, downloadable books, and audiobooks, do you sometimes wonder about the future of the physical book? The paper, print, binding, cardboard and leather variety? Marbled endpapers, illustrations, beautiful font?
Artists are teaching old books new tricks: taking worn, discarded or abandoned books, and interpreting the IDEA of the book.
Or creating the hand-made, hand bound art book, sometimes collaborating to include text and illustration.
The work at left was created by Brian Dettmer, leading light in his field. Brian is one of three judges who selected the 47 creations to be presented as The Book as Art, the first juried exhibition bringing Artists’ Books to that great celebration of the book, the AJC-Decatur Festival Book Festival. The exhibition introduces a new and exciting visual component to the largest independent book festival in the country from July 19 – September 20, 2013.
Here are some of the pieces I am looking forward to seeing: