Colours_ a mathematical tale, 2011
How do we look at covers of books? If design and blurbs on covers are really the things that matter for a potential reader, it presupposes we are following main characters in handling or ignoring a book.
In my personal strategy to perceive books it seems I am specially attracted by patterns and partitionings of colours composing the cover. It has led me to search for a language that could translate these matters in bright distinctions and common complexities of colours. From my personal curiosity of the colours I started scanning all covers of the books in my personal bookcase. The different colours of an individual cover, distinguished by the eye, have been selected.
By transposing the original mathematical (CMYK) values of all found cover colours to a graphic grid, a new visual language arises. The type of colour representation I am using here is the form CMYK (C%, M%, Y%, K%), where C, M, Y, and K are the percent values for the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black values of the colour.
I am transposing these values to a grid of four vertically arranged faces. Each found colour value can be represented by one of the 100 according spatial positions of the four faces. A unique visual tale arises for each individual book cover. (quotation: Annesas Appel)
Eventually the projects will consist of 429 book covers. (these will be bound in a book)
Of these a selection of 16 prints will be made. Each print in an edition of 4 + 1 a.p. One complete selection of all 40 prints is also available. Paper: Photo Rag 310 gms. Size: 40 x 131 cm. 15.7 x 51.6 inches. Technic: Piezoprint by Bernard Ruijgrok, Amsterdam. Annesas Appel, Haarlem The Netherlands, 2011
image 1. four prints of different book covers. image 3-5 details of the four prints
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