An artist’s monograph with a slightly bitter title, for which the typography on the attractive cover is based on conceptual lines so that it constitutes an abstract rendering of the main matter. There, in the manner of a zooming-in close-up, we examine the work of Curaçao artist Tirzo Martha, whose oeuvre comprises large installations composed of many different components.

The book’s layout mirrors the way the visitor to an exhibition wanders through it: first you observe the artwork as a whole and then you go in closer, practically pushing your nose onto it, to examine the details. On the photo pages the unprinted white area runs as a kind of track leading between and through the images and carrying their titles, which sometimes appear as part of the image.

Incidentally an Otastar binding would have allowed the book to lie open rather better.

The use of two different paper stocks injects a sense of calm, the text pages, seemingly inserted at random, have been printed on expensive Cairn Natural kraft paper, and the images – this is quite unusual – on MC My Sol mechanical paper. As this is paper that eventually fades and discolours, the makers have clearly elected to make this book more than a snapshot. Here we see a graphic concept carried to perfection.


Author Rob Perrée (ed.)

Year 2017

Language English, translated by Jane Hall (N/E), Michael Meert (F/E, ES/E)

Edited by Picture editing by Mainstudio & Tirzo Martha

Publisher Jap Sam Books, Heijningen

Designer Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder, Patrick Sanders), photographed by Omar Martha, Kiem Loon ‘Elvis’ Chen, Crystal Boomgaart, Harold Martha

Prepress Graphius, Gent (BE)

Printer Graphius, Gent (BE)

Binder Graphius, Gent (BE)

Size 165 x 230 x 17

Number of pages 304 p.

Print run 1,000

Price € 29.50

ISBN 978 94 90322 88 5

Font Agipo (RP Digital Type Foundry)

Material 90grsm Cairn Natural, 90gsm My Sol silk (interior); 350gsm Cairn Natural (cover); 120gsm Cairn Natural White (dust jacket)