Sean Kuhnke, Jordan Hruska

Awnings

Awnings are unobtrusive yet ubiquitous elements of the city. For this book photographic records were compiled between 2014 and 2018 in the New York boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, collected together in book form and presented in a combination of the Risograph process and screen printing in an extremely coarse halftone screen on almost felt-like paper. The materials (and imitations of materials), the solutions for corners and the ways awnings can be fixed to houses are so well observed and drily recorded that it is only after a second take that you start to see the joke, even though Jordan Hruska’s essay presents a highly serious investigation of the awning as ‘urban vernacular’, while an intriguing ‘subjective index’ at the back of the book uncovers another layer of the subject. The unusual way in which the perforated unfolded sheets are folded has produced very tactile sides for the book block as a result of the perforations ending up on the outside. With its crêpe binding tape and informal air of a product catalogue the book radiates the enjoyment taken in thematically using its own design to elaborate the subject, and the technical limitations of the Risograph technology are employed as an aesthetic principle. But the book also amounts to an inquiring and intellectually stimulating investigation of a specific aspect of the city – in this case a conspicuously inconspicuous aspect of New York’s historic boroughs.

Edition: 2018
Release date: March 2018
Language: English
Picture editor: Sean Kuhnke
Photographer: Sean Kuhnke
Artist: Sean Kuhnke
Publisher / commissioner: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Available through: Webshop
Designer: Sean Kuhnke (Maastricht)
Lithographer: Sean Kuhnke, Maastricht
Printer: Jo Frenken, Sean Kuhnke (Charles Nypels Lab Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Binder: Jo Frenken, Sean Kuhnke (Charles Nypels Lab Jan van Eyck Academie), Maastricht
Producer: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Dimensions: 197 x 280 x 21
Amount of pages: 68
Number of copies: 100
Retail price in euros: € 65
ISBN: 9781732106901
Font and foundry: Commencement (Jangs Müller Type Foundry), Folio (Bauer Foundry)
Binding style: Bound in Japanese style, spine covered with self-adhesive linen in several colours (Filmoplast T, supplied by Schmedt
Paper interior: 80gsm EOS 2.0, Igepa
Paper end papers: 175gsm Colorplan Real Grey, Christiaan Janssen
Other technical features: Bound in Japanese style, spine covered with self-adhesive linen in several colours (Filmoplast T, supplied by Schmedt), spine is screen-printed in black.