Materia Oscura, 2018-2019
A project on Humanity, across Time and Space

The natural world is made up of mysterious balances that go way beyond our memory and understanding of time. Surfaces rich with detail show an order created through constant but imperceptible changes and cycles of boundless time horizons. It is a system of infinite variables that seems to have severed every relationship between cause and effect. Man dominates nature but seems unable to control it.

In the silence of their stillness, technical objects display inscrutable surfaces. Their aesthetic is the unintentional result of functional calculations. Like prehistoric monoliths, they resemble enigmatic symbols of a temporal compression; a past reached at the same time as their conception. The giant brain of artificial intelligence has no body in sight. Cities and public squares, historically the pulse of political discussions, are becoming architectures devoid of meaning, purely informational. Decisions are made in places without human participation.

When endless chains of technical sequences are exchanged at speeds and in formats beyond our comprehension, human language becomes irrelevant and reality is abstraction. A continuous transformation that makes new orders emerge, new worlds materialise and old worlds disappear.

Artist Book

The artist book Materia Oscura has been published in 100 copies, of which 50 are allocated for acquisition and 15 artist proofs.

For the design of the book I have teamed with KOLN studio in Madrid and for the printing with Artes Gráficas Palermo in Madrid. With the realisation of an artist book the aim was to get as close as possibile to fine art printing. For this reason the book has been printed with digital/offset process (Indigo) to allow increased contrast and deep colour saturation using “arte coated” paper Guardapat Kiara.

The stamping on the cover allows a unique materiality which by process changes patterns making each copy unique.

Each copy is signed and numbered. Full specifications below, the book will be available for sale starting on the 1st of May 2019.

Specifications

Book design: KOLN Studio, Madrid
Book printing: Artes Gráficas Palermo, Madrid
Size: 170 x 240 x15 mm portrait
Cover and Spine: Fabric Gematex black, stamped with film in 2 colours black matte 912 and title with metallic film 355
Endpapers: 8 pages onto Fedrigoni Sirio black 140 gsm, not printed
Inside: 84 pages onto Guardapat Kiara 135 gsm, Printed: 4/4 CMYK
Diptych: 4 pages onto Fedrigoni Sirio black 140 gsm, Printed: 1/0 (White)
Binding: Hardcover, 2.75 mm boards, black thread sewn, round spine


The portfolio is comprised by an artist book and a limited edition of prints that will be made available during the first part of 2019 for acquisition and exhibition.


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