Anna Püschel – Layers of Reality

This painstaking and highly wrought piece of research into synaesthetic perception has produced a magisterially printed graphic depiction of it. The book treats of a single specific aspect of the phenomenon, namely the perception of colour when viewing images. That is what the artist Anna Püschel herself experiences. The book is a personal quest in which the protagonist makes a comprehensive attempt to explain to ‘outsiders’ how she experiences this complex phenomenon of sensory perception. Even though she considers no examples of other forms of synaesthesia, this book transcends her own personal interest, aided by the fact that she herself planned her study down to the last detail. 

 

The paper has been chosen with care and used to good effect: the picture pages have been excellently lithographed and printed on Olin Smooth, ensuring that areas of colour appear even and bright. This contrasts with the pale blue, semi-transparent and somehow greasy-feeling area of foil printing on the kraft-like (Muskat Brown) American dust jacket – but this does produce an agreeable graphic layeredness. Layers of Reality is the result of a beautiful synergy between photographer and designer in which research, photography and design reinforce each other.

 

 

Edition: 2017
Language: English
Final editor: Joy Philips
Publisher / commissioner: The Eriskay Connection, Breda
Designer: Studio Rob van Hoesel, Breda (Rob van Hoesel, Carel Fransen)
Lithographer: Studio Rob van Hoesel, Breda (Carel Fransen)
Printer: Wilco Art Books, Amersfoort, Hop Zeefdruk, Bunschoten (dust jacket)
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Dimensions: 170 x 240 x 18
Amount of pages: 256 p.
Number of copies: 500
Retail price in euros: € 30
ISBN: 978 94 92051 29 5
Font and foundry: Neue Haas Unica (Monotype)
Binding style: sewn with front and back cover of four pages sewn in, glued-off spine, dust jacket folded in the American style
Material: 115gsm Munken Print White 1.50 (Antalis), 120gsm Olin Smooth High White (Antalis) (interior), 300gsm MCM GD2 (Papyrus) (cover), 100gsm Muskat Brown (Igepa) (dust jacket)