Printed Matter

Narrow Configurations
Juan Blanco

Images can help us understand how we live today and how we will live in the future. They carry the message of what we are and what we see we will be like.

Publication Narrow Configurations
Artists Juan Blanco
Publisher Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design

This artist book was conceived to reflect on the function of images, on how they transform our way of understanding our surroundings and what we consider reality. Through short texts and collages, Juan Blanco narrates the origin of the image as an artifact of communication. Essayistic texts are contrasted with the collected images, creating a context that emphasizes their political and social dimension. These dimensions are visually evident and speak to us of the moment and the way we live.

Narrow configurations collages start from a simple symbolic language that gradually transforms into a more complex, allegoric, and difficult to contain. The play between image and text tries to guide the reading, which suggests an evolution in the gaze. The digital and analog patterns of risography help to mark this evolution — from analog to digital — provoking an optical illusion and a peculiar way of talking about his experience with images and the influence they have had on him.

Narrow configurations was produced in collaboration with the typographers Nina Massov, Insa Kühlcke-Schmold of Kaschembuero, under the patronage of the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Professor Antje Majewski.

artist: @juanm_blanco
Grafik Design: @kaschembuero

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