TitleBody of Objects
ArtistDale Harding
DesignerŽiga Testen
Colour gradingColour & Books
SeparationsColour & Books
Press checksColour & Books
ProductionColour & Books
PublisherGriffith University of Art Museum
PrinterWilco Art Books
BinderWilco Art Books
PaperMunken Kristall Rough
ReproductionCMYK (UV-LED)


The Book

Body of Objects is a book on the work of Dale Harding by Dale Harding, Angela Goddard and Henderik Folkerts. Dale is a descendant of the Bidjara, Garingbal, and Ghungalu peoples. The history of his family and those people is in Carnavoran Gorge in Queensland, which has a violent past as many aboriginals were persecuted there. In his work he explores his families and peoples political histories as well as the contemporary realities. In his work you can find a lot of diverse techniques that have their roots in the history of Australia and the traditional hand crafts. Harding is a relatively new artist but his work is rapidly growing and impactful. This book was made as an introduction to the international audience at the occasion of the presentation of his work at Documenta 14.



The Process

How to reproduce the Kobalt blue that has a central role in the art works? Kobalt blue is out of gamut in CMYK, meaning it is non existent within the CMYK colour space. I had to come up with an acceptable alternative colour that is within gamut and apply that throughout the book. The colour of the cover paper as well as the print on the dust jacket was chosen in line with this. This and creating as much of a three dimensional feeling to the reproductions as possible was my job. What made it interesting for me to do, besides getting to know Dale Harding as an artist, was that it challenged my understanding of colour as well as my technical knowledge.