Chapter 8. Artists' Books as Structure

Perhaps the most outstanding aspect of artist's book production is the interrogation of the structure of a book. In the same way that any change of material or shape draws attention to the difference or 'otherness' of a book, structural changes and the ability of a book (or its parts) to be manipulated in ways other than the slow turning of pages identifies it as an artist's book. This chapter is by far the largest and, arguably, the most interesting. Take note of the variety of structural elements from pop-ups, pop-downs and tunnel books to Ronald King and Roy Fisher's Left-Handed Punch (Cat: 30).