UCA Epsom Artists’ Books collaboration with Epsom Public Library (Surrey Libraries)

UCA Epsom Library is collaborating with Epsom Public Library with Artist Books

UCA Epsom will be displaying their Artist Books at Epsom Public Library between April – May, and there will also be a talk from Graphic Design UCA Lecturer Mike Nicholson

This is a free but ticketed event. To book please see the Surrey Library webpage

Artist Book,  Common Senses, by Mike Nicholson

Artist Book, Common Senses, by Mike Nicholson

‘Artists’ books refers not to literature about artists nor to sculptures constructed from books but to works by visual artists that assume book form’.

‘An artists’ book may have images without words or narratives without images. It may assume sculptural form as a pop-up book or investigate the nature of the book format itself’. ‘Many artists working in other media turned to books as a form suited to expressing ideas too complex for a single painting, photograph or sculpture’.
Quote from Artspeak: a guide to contemporary ideas, movements and buzzwords.

This display is a selection of artists’ books from the University for the Creative Art’s library at the Epsom campus featuring books published by Four Corners Books, Weproductions, Book Works, Upper Playground, Analogue Books and includes self-published books. So far the collection spans 1987 to the present day.

The collection includes the award winning Illiers Combray by Helen Douglas and Zoe Irvine, and the wonderfully titled Three Songs and a Camper Van by John Bently (Liver and Lights No.36)

Of particular note is the Four Corners Books edition of Dracula with its yellow clothbound cover echoing the first UK edition – the designer, John Morgan utilized particular typefaces to denote diary entries, letters and newspaper cuttings to reinforce the different layers of storytelling.

The collection is intended to demonstrate the diverse and creative nature of artists’ books from the colour photocopied zine to fine laser cut work, to the lavishly produced. All have a unique view of the world and the information they represent. The collection is open to the public for reference use.


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