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The main idea behind Steidl-Werk No. 23 was to create a paper object never seen before. A joint project between Theseus Chan's Werk magazine and Steidl, it stems from Chan's and Steidl's mutual interest in art and books, the smell of ink, the texture of paper and the desire to subvert technology by creating work with a human imprint. Accordingly, this issue features a young Japanese artist, Masaho Anotani (born 1991), whose collage-like drawings are made almost entirely by hand. The design was inspired by a tightly taped, neatly formed package sent to the magazine by Anotani containing his printouts--an idea that found its way into the book itself, which comes as an entirely sealed entity. Building on the concept of creating and destructing the final product, a chaotic bricolage of "printed junk" is born.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 220 x 305 x 33.02mm | 1,330g
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen, Germany
  • English
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • 3958291201
  • 9783958291201
  • 564,253

About Masaho Anotani

Born in 1961, Theseus Chan is a Singaporean graphic artist and printed matter designer with a keen interest in the visual arts, materials, printing and processing technology. His design studio, WORK, has been publishing WERK magazine since 2000. He was named Designer of the Year at the inaugural President's Design Award Singapore in 2006. Other distinctions include several D&AD Yellow Pencils, New York Art Directors Club (ADC) and Tokyo Type Directors' Club. In 2012, Chan became the first Singaporean designer to have a solo exhibition at ggg, Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, and in 2015, he became the official member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). His work is held in the permanent collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and M+, Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong. Masaho Anotani was born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1991. He studied design at Seika University, Kyoto, and Fine Arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and currently lives and works in Tokyo.
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