We here at The Fox Is Black love reading and especially love the work that Gestalten releases. They constantly release books that are interesting, creative, beautiful, and greatly intelligent. We had the opportunity to speak with the compiler, designer, and editor of one of their newest books: Book Art by Paul Sloman.
Book Art, which is an exploration of the physical book and how it has become the template for various forms of art, is both a history and art book. On one hand, Sloman–along with author Christine Antaya–outlines the history of the book, the technology surrounding it, as well as what the book has become. On the other hand–and closely tied to what the physical book has become–Sloman and Antaya outline various ways the physical book has been used for art, from sculpture to installation to design. Book Art does an excellent job at displaying this art form and opens up a large conversation between written texts, repurposing items for art, and the intermix of the two in the twenty-first century.
I recently had the chance to ask Sloman a few questions related to that: the physical book, the art, and the future of both. And, with that, we have an exciting opportunity for readers to snag a copy of the book–courtesy of Gestalten!