Daniel E. Kelm and Kylin Lee
Kelm: American, 1951–
Lee: American, 1979–

Acrylic spattered paper, museum board, stainless steel wire, brass rod and tubing, braided silk thread, and wire edge binding. Courtesy of Daniel E. Kelm. Video by Kevin Derose and Jeff Derose, One Match Films.

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Metamorphic Book

Metamorphic Book is the purest manifestation of Kelm’s ideas about the expressive nature of binding:

“[W]hy is it that we expect words and images to be used to artistic purposes, but rarely demand the same of the binding. To many the binding provides—at most—an additional surface on which to compose visual elements. This strikes me as a lost opportunity. The deep, expressive qualities of a binding are to be found not just on its surface, but in its form, material, and movement.”

Movement is key to this book, which contains no words or images. The fluid shifting of the structure from flat pages to cubic, cruciform, and hexagonal structures fully engages the viewer/reader/participant’s mind and hands in the book’s transformation.

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