Monday, February 23, 2015

Olafur Eliasson, Contact (glow-in-the-dark limited edition of 291 copies)

This is the limited edition of Olafur Eliasson's exhibition catalogue Contact, published in a run of only 291 copies in conjunction with Eliasson's show at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. (The show actually ended today!) This book is absolutely glorious in both the regular and limited editions, featuring an exceptional balance of metallic inks and black paper stock. The first half of the book is printed on black sheets that feel like construction paper, and each spread features a breathtaking ombre from black to metallic colors that echo photo-negative tones.

When it was still available, the limited edition was only 30 EUR more than the regular edition and it was absolutely worth it. 32 pages of Contact are silkscreened in fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark ink. These pages depict line-renderings of various rooms and hallways of the Contact exhibition and glow under a hot light. Take a look:

The second half of the book consists of a more traditional exhibition catalogue, but still has some exciting parts to it: in between essays, spreads of sketches appear, showing an interesting side of Eliasson's creative process. It's remarkable to see works as polished as Eliasson's in this format, reminding viewers and readers that even his most ambitious pieces started as a scribbled idea.

Currently reading:
Fire and Knowledge by Peter Nadas

Currently Listening to:
Bing and Ruth, "Tomorrow Was the Golden Age"

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