R D Burton – Company Housing

Artist Statement

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. Many of my books portray the world of industrial sites and manmade structures in various states of abandonment and deteriorationMy work has been influenced by having spent my childhood living in company housing at a cement plant.. Computer software is used to alter and manipulate my photographs. The books are inkjet printed, hand cut, and hand-assembled using many traditional and nontraditional bookmaking techniques.

Materials & Technique

Gatefold tunnel book with five hand-cut layer panels. HammerMill color copy 80#, museum board, Tyvek, magnetic closure. Ink jet printed.

About R D Burton

R D Burton was born and raised in Kansas. He received a MA in Studio Arts from Rutgers University and studied book arts at the University for the Arts in Philadelphia. His books are in over twenty-five special collections nationwide and overseas including: The Smithsonian, Carnegie Mellon University, Mass Art, University of California-Berkeley, Otis College of Art and Design, Seattle Museum of Art and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar. R D has exhibited in over 50 book arts exhibitions. R D lives and maintains his studio in Havre de Grace, Maryland.