Graphic designer Christoph Stolberg has created the monograph for French artist Henri Barande, The Work Beyond, creating an algorithm that gives each of the 4,000 limited-edition books a different design.
The concept for the book jacket came about when Stolberg visited the artist’s studio and noted the tightly hung sequences in which his canvases were displayed. The designer and the book publishers Booth-Clibborn Editions decided that
a single image of Barande’s work could potentially misrepresent his oeuvre, and so rather than designing a cover illustrated with a painting, Stolberg decided to use an algorithm to create a different design for each copy. This works by combining different design elements taken from Barande’s paintings in random combinations.
Stolberg also created a bespoke typeface for the book, formed of glyphs with cut-out elements. This references the unusual perspectives and image resolutions in Barande’s work.
The Work Beyond is being published to coincide with an exhibition of Barande’s work in London’s Saatchi Gallery, which runs from 4 – 31 October this year.