A book for AK Dolven, one of Norway’s most prominent artists. Dolven’s work covers many mediums, video and painting, audio, sculpture and installations and her work frequently represents natural forces and how humans interact with them.
The artist and designer of the book came to Hurtwood because they were having a lot of difficulty reproducing a particular series of paintings. The problem was that these were white paintings and contained many subtle shades of white. As you can imagine, reproducing white paintings on white paper is difficult to say the least!
These paintings had been reproduced before in cmyk but with very poor results. The paintings dealt with emotions and feelings and it was vital that their intricate and subtle patterns and shades be properly reproduced. Since each shade of white was perhaps only half a percent different to the next, it was no surprise that something as crude as cmyk would struggle. And besides, in what universe would you imagine it a good idea to reproduce shades of white using red, blue, yellow and black!