Zhe Zhu-Vanitas Artists' Book 维尼塔斯艺术家手工书

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Zhe Zhu-Vanitas Artists' Book 维尼塔斯艺术家手工书

30.00

Handmade Artist's Book

20 pages

4 x 5 inch (10.2 cm × 12.7 cm)

Inkjet color print, and loose bound

English and Chinese

100 Editions, signed and numbered by the artist

Published in August 2014

艺术家手工书,限量一百版,松散装订,艺术家签名和版数.

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This box set is designed specifically for the exhibition - Zhe Zhu: Vanitas. Instead of the binding most galleries do for their exhibition photobooks. We decided not to bind the pages. Each image is separated from each other. A photography series is normally seen as a narrative so the order of images is highly valued. However it's not the same case this time since each photo has its own different approach to traditional Dutch still life. The way we presented this set is that each photo is placed next to its detail images. The photographic advantage is impossible to show on such a small piece of paper. A photo cut out can show the resolution of the original photo. And it's fun to find it from the exhibition print.
We made a lot adjustment during proofing. For instance we changed the paper choice from a raw, matte surface to another kind for wider color range. Three different kinds of paper were chosen for this set. 3 are semi-transparent tracing paper with text, allowing the image underneath to be seen subtly. The black cardboard paper we use for the package is imported from Japan. It had a very decent smell when we first received it. In order to add some interesting element with a simplistic approach, a metal embossing stamp machine was custom made. It excels at delivering subtle logos.
                                                                                                                                                                 - Zhe Zhu

The book is now in the collection of Thomas J. Watson Library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and M21: 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai).

为2014年在北京的个人展览《朱喆;维尼塔斯》特别制作了一批盒装画册。不同于大部分以装订书的形式呈现的展览画册,这个小盒子里的每张照片都是独立分开的,可聚拢成册,可打乱散置。一个摄影系列通常被看作成一段叙述,所以顺序很重要。而照片顺序对于我的这个系列来说却不是劣势,反而可以变成一种有趣观看方式。这本画册的呈现方式是一张全图对应一张细节截图。因为摄影本身的优势很难在4x5英寸的卡片上呈现。一张截图能展示大尺寸照片的细节清晰度,而从画面中找到这一块截图,会有一种做游戏的感觉。哪怕打乱也无妨,更添一种寻找的乐趣。

在校样的过程中我们做了不少调整,比如说纸张的选择,从没有涂布的纸基到现在选用的略微光滑些的纸张,都是为了更好的呈现照片色域。这个套装使用了两种纸张,有三张是透明的描图纸,文字印刷在上面,隐隐约约显出下面的照片来,效果特别好。包装的黑色卡纸是从日本进口的,刚拿到的时候可以闻到一种很特别的味道。因为想让包装尽可能地极简化但不失单调,所以设计定做了一个重达10斤的钢印,在每个包装封面上亲手刻下了我的logo,轻微地凹凸,只是偶尔被看见。

                                                                                                                                                                    - 朱喆

本书被上海21世纪民生美术馆和纽约大都会博物馆图书馆收藏。