Adam Pendleton: EL T D K

Adam Pendleton: EL T D K

Haunch of Venison, London, England, 2008

Description

Published to accompany an exhibition by Adam Pendleton at Haunch of Venison Berlin, the book design mirrored the process of appropriation and deconstruction used by the artist in his working process. Pendleton is known for his paintings, installations and performances that unite seeming incongruities in a formal embrace. Within his repertoire allusions range from 1960s conceptual art to the Black Arts movement, from experimental poetry to punk rock, from gospel to gay liberation. A thread throughout the artist’s practice is an interest in language and its unique capacity to shape existing realities and inaugurate new ones.

The cover image, rather than being taken from a work by the artist, referenced his appropriation of Sol LeWitt’s Incomplete Cubes in the series of Black Dada paintings by creating a scale model of one of these sculptures and photographing it specifically for the jacket design.

Juror Notes

Clean empty spaces juxtaposed with bold, black-and-white grainy imagery, this book expresses the “Black Dada Manifesto” through the subtle and strong use of typography and its play on subtraction. 

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Haunch of Venison
Designer
Matt Watkins
Creative director
Matt Watkins
Jacket designer
Matt Watkins
Production director
Matt Watkins
Production coordinator
Matt Watkins
Authors
Mark Beasley, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Jena Osman
Editor
Adam Pendleton
Publisher
Haunch of Venison
Trim size
6.5 x 9
Pages
120
Quantity printed
1,500
Typefaces
Akkurat, Arial
Printer
Lecturis
Jacket printer
Lecturis
Papers
Lessebo Design, Smooth White, 150 gsm (pages and endpapers), 115 gsm (cover)
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