Industrial II by R D Burton


Abandoned structures can be found beside many backroads of America. These mills,
factories, foundries, and plants are no longer running. Rust and silence are all they produce. Workers are now gone, along with a way of life.

My artist books portray the reality of change rather than a romanticized idea of the past, and display the economic, technological, and social changes that reshape urban and rural landscapes. The work records an environment in various states of abandonment and deterioration. Computer software is used to alter and manipulate my photographs, which are combined with various book structures to create a harmonious whole. The books are inkjet or laser printed, hand cut, and hand-assembled using many traditional and nontraditional bookmaking techniques.

Artist Bio

R D Burton has been a book artist for over twenty years. Born and raised in Kansas, he received an MA in Studio Arts from Rutgers University, studied at the University for the Arts in Philadelphia, and has taken workshops at the Center for the Book in New York.He has exhibited his books in over fifty exhibitions nationwide.His work is in collections in the US and overseas, including the Smithsonian, Seattle Museum of Art, MassArt, University of California at Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University. R D lives and maintains his studio in Havre de Grace, MD.