Rafaël Rozendaal. Everything, Always, Everywhere

Much if not most of Internet artist Rafaël Rozendaal’s work, which (put simply) can be seen as a quest for the shape between shapes, can be found on the Web. His paintings are intriguing domain names linked to colour-rich experimental websites which are vastly popular and attract millions of visitors every year. One good example of his style is the inviting graphic declaration of love on this cover: www.muchbetterthanthis.com.

In every respect this book is a highly successful translation of Rozendaal’s work into a very well printed book. Not just in the recycling of material in which half-tone dots are a reference to printed matter, but also in the way you approach the medium: the book’s typography has you scrolling through it as if on a screen, with magenta and yellow mixed with dayglow ink to make the full colour images shine as if on an RGB monitor with the brightness set to 10.

 

Using the app (Here Hear) that can be downloaded free through a link in the book it was not immediately obvious how it worked. However, once it became clear that you could scan the coloured works and in that way convert them into sound, you could hardly not experiment – in the same way as Rozendaal’s work does. (We take the opportunity at this point to suggest you point the app at another book in this year’s selection, Colours on the Beach, which delivered a truly intriguing symphony of colour.)

 

A beautifully complete whole.

 

Edition: 2017
Language: English, Japanese
Final editor: Els Brinkman, Leo Reijnen
Publisher / commissioner: Valiz, Amsterdam
Designer: Studio Remco van Bladel, Amsterdam (Remco van Bladel, Beau Bertens, Quentin Creuzet)
Lithographer: die Keure, Bruges (BE)
Printer: die Keure, Bruges (BE) (printed in full colour using 40% dayglow ink mixed through magenta and yellow; image sections in rainbow printing with two Pantone colours)
Binder: Hexspoor, Boxtel
Dimensions: 170 x 240 x 18
Amount of pages: 320 p.
Number of copies: 2,100
Retail price in euros: € 25
ISBN: 978 94 92095 30 5
Font and foundry: Times New Roman (Monotype), Akzidenz Grotesk (Berthold Type Foundry), Ryumin Pro (Morisawa)
Binding style: sewn Otabind with flaps
Material: 90gsm Munken Polar Rough (Antalis), 80gsm Maxiscript (Igepa), 120gsm Munken Polar (Antalis) (interior), 300gsm Munken Polar (cover screen-printed in black and finished with pearlescent matt laminate)