The landscape of book arts and design is ever expanding: technology and formation; language and voice; and audience and arena. A respect for the historical lineage and an understanding of both disciplines serves as the foundation for this contemporary survey that challenges the assumptions of the geographic landscape in its literal sense. Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape illuminates trans-disciplinary thought—structure and content; decontextualized pure typography; printing; bookbinding; the multiple; and two‐ and three‐dimensional experimental design—as an experimental map for exploration. Typography once seen only as collective phonetics to convey a singular level of communication has been transformed and contemporized beyond conventionality.
The diversity of these artists’ books, broadsides, and prints are united through the theme of landscape—the topography of artistic terrains—however, each realization is defined by the semantics of the subject matter. Selected genres whose classifications are to foster dialogue include: the traditional landscape, the veiled landscape, and the anatomy of letterforms as landscape—each instilling independent visual languages. This at its core is the malleability and hierarchy of semiotics as narrative.