Homo Faber: Catalogue

Kim Sungwon, ed., Homo Faber: Craft in Contemporary Sculpture, Gwangju: Asia Culture Center, 2019, exhibition catalogue, 2 volumes. Offset printing, sewn exposed binding, page size 225 x 300 mm, 128 pp / 136 pp. Printed and bound by Top Process.

The title in Chinese characters is constructed by a list of the mediums actually used in the works on display, from bronze to potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate. Thus the show’s materiality is literally spelt out. The symmetric treatment of the elements reminds of a simplest way of construction by stacking up, as with pebble towers.

The text set in a fixed-width, mechanical-looking typeface (combination of Gongan by Kim Tae-hun and Septima by Radim Pesko) is contrasted with the neoclassical headings (Ahn Sam-yeol-che and Linotype Didot).

The catalogue is published in two volumes, one with essays about the artists’ body of work and the other focusing on the exhibited works. The section-sewn, exposed binding suggests a craft quality.