Eroticism in art has the capacity to both indulge and terrify us. In Bliss, a show presented at Nahmad Projects, London, we see the conceptions of the psychological and cultural complexities of sexuality through the works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jason Rhoades and Pierre Auguste Renoir.
This publication, cataloguing the dialogue between these artists and never before presented, represents an exciting opportunity to emphasise new connections through their diverse practices.
Billie Temple had designed a book as outrageously ‘in your face’ as much of the art within the show. It’s our job to work out how to make a book that retains the freshness, vigour and colour of the original. So often, the printed result is disappointing compared to the colour seen on screen.
We have developed special colour separations that allow us to print a wide colour gamut and we’re well versed in recognising how to change colour to make it printable and true. However, for Bliss, we were pushing everything to the edges of possibility.
The cover was a particular challenge as we combined printed patterns on metallic papers under weird and wonderful lamination effects. You can usually have a good idea of what new processes are going to look like, but in reality only experimenting with real materials can show you for certain. Eventually, we hit on the correct balance between materials. All that remained then was to foil the edge of the book with holographic foil.