Theory of Colour
An exhibition of selected works from the
Entropie Books Catalogue
2014 ~ 2021
April 1 – June 24
The Scottish Poetry Library is delighted to host Theory of Colour, an exhibition celebrating the work of Entropie Books and Barbara A Morton.
Theory of Colour builds on previous exhibitions of Entropie Books ~ McNaughtan’s Gallery and Bookstore 2016, The Edinburgh College of Art Library 2019, St Andrews University Library 2020 ~ and brings together the most comprehensive presentation to date.
With the intention of advancing poetry and poetic text beyond convention to function artistically, and to conjure a synthesis of art whereby divers mediums are unified into an aesthetic entity, Theory of Colour summons the reader to move between text and consciously paired abstract image to enter a phase of the imagination. And to look again. And to look. For longer.
About Barbara A Morton
Barbara A Morton is a St Andrews based author, artist, curator and book maker. In 2014 she established Entropie Books to publish small editions of her poetry, literature, artist books, and pamphlets. Her artistic and literary practice incorporates the arts of poetry, printmaking, bookbinding, typography, papermaking, and chine-collé to present her literary texts and abstract geometric drawings in an exact and deliberate visual form.
The environment, the home of the text, is critical. Likewise, typography ~ how the text resides upon the page ~ is crucial. Resisting uniformity of design each published title is hand-crafted and intuitively considered to achieve an equilibrium of artistic form and literary content.
Her writing is published widely in national and international journals and anthologies. And her books and prints have been exhibited in Scotland by the Royal Scottish Academy, The Edinburgh Drawing School, Dundee Contemporary Arts, The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Birnam Institute, and The Edinburgh College of Art Library. She is the recipient of literary and artistic awards, most recently the prestigious Meffan Institute Purchase Prize for The Word Itself is a Musical Sound.
Drawing on the symmetry of patterns and ideas emerged from publications by Entropie Books, a series of new titles are being composed for 2022. And, with an awareness of emerging and developing forms of presentation and accessibility, projects are currently under design to exhibit a series of texts digitally, and without compromising artistic and literary content.
All titles, to date, have been acquired by the National Library of Scotland and may be viewed, upon request, at the Special Collections Reading Room, Edinburgh. A selection of books and pamphlets are available for consultation at the Scottish Poetry Library.
The exhibition is free and open to all during the library’s opening hours.
We have copies of the exhibition catalogue and selected Entropie Books titles available in our shop.