Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mapping at Carroll Square Gallery

Carroll Square Gallery, downtown Washington, DCMapping Exhibition, Carroll Square Gallery, Washington, DC

An exhibition of artwork incorporating map images is now up at the Carroll Square Gallery in downtown Washington, DC. Featuring the work of six artists, the show is a nice mix of media and conceptual approaches. Three of my artist’s books are included: Tunnel Map, Everyday Road Signs, and Instructions for Assembly. The first book uses global maps to create a layered world landscape. Everyday Road Signs is a tunnel book that charts a trip across the US through a series of road maps, while Instructions for Assembly builds an imaginary project called “A Clock Compass for the Time/Space Traveler” on maps of the state of Georgia and NASA maps of the sky. The exhibition will be up until June 3rd and is located at 975 F Street, NW.

Andy Baron’s Corporate Pop-Up Book

Carol Barton and Andy Baron, April 19, 2011

Paper engineer Andy Baron paid us a visit in Glen Echo this weekend while in town to give a lecture at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History on his new pop-up production, Acuity’s Storybook Year. A 2010 annual report disguised as a pop-up nursery rhyme book,  Storybook Year was designed for the Acuity Insurance Company  in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Acuity has a history of unusual annual reports. In 2009 a red and white pizza box contained a printed pizza annual report, and in 2008 the report looked like a Guinness Book of Records. This year’s pop-up book is definitely over-the-top, and it’s obvious that Andy put his best paper engineering efforts into it. Now the people at Acuity are trying to figure out what to do for next year’s production. Good luck topping this one!

David Carter, Paper Engineer

David Carter, paper eningeer, author and illustrator of How Many Bugs in a Box? and One Red Dot, among other pop-up books, gave a lively talk at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History today at noon. The lecture, in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn, covered David’s early years as a budding artist and his work with Invervisual Communications as a paper engineer. He discussed how he develops his pop-up structures and how he integrates concepts with his texts. What was most apparent in his presentation is that David has lots of fun in his studio and loves his work. Thanks for a delightful presentation!