Bill Viola: The Passions book
Bill Viola: The Passions book
Bill Viola: The Passions book
Bill Viola: The Passions book
Bill Viola: The Passions book
Bill Viola: The Passions book
Bill Viola: The Passions book

Bill Viola: The Passions book

Lorraine Wild Design, Los Angeles, California, 2002

Description

This book documents a specific body of work by video artist Bill Viola that explores human emotion. Besides reproducing Viola’s recent output visually, the book includes writings that contextualize this project, describe its sources, etc. We wanted to present the work itself in a manner that was both dramatic and different from its analysis. It is always an interesting problem to capture the essence of time- and motion-based media in the pages of a book, and the main collaboration with the artist and the editor during the design process was the editing and sequencing of video stills. Though technically I did not have editorial input, we certainly formulated how the book could be put together and played an important role in the visual translation of the videos. The primary production problem was that the images were in a variety of formats, but mostly in low-resolution 72 dpi scans; the scanning department at Lithographix utilized sophisticated software to doctor the images for sharpness, with great subtlety.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2002
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Lorraine Wild Design
Creative director
Lorraine Wild
Art director
Lorraine Wild
Designer
Stuart Smith
Photographer
Kira Perov
Production director
Karen Schmidt
Trim size
10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Pages
308
Quantity printed
6,000
Typeface
Quadraat
Printer
Lithografix
Binder
Roswell Bookbinding
Binding method
Smyth-sewn
Jacket designers
Stuart Smith, Lorraine Wild
Jacket printer
Lithografix
Authors
Hans Belting, Peter Sellars, Bill Viola, John Walsh
Editor
John Walsh
Publisher
J. Paul Getty Museum
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