Fifth Force catalog titled “Gap Book Magnets 2018” is a collection of artist Jaroslav Kyša’s work from the exhibition, which took place under the same name, at the Zahorian & Van Espen gallery in Prague last year. The book features the work presented in the exhibition curated by Lily Hall and was published at the Vernissage. Bratislava based Jaroslav Kyša is an internationally awarded and exhibited artist who reflects on contemporary society through the use of multimedia.
The laws of physics and nature
In his latest work presented at the exhibition, Kyša confronts the viewer with the laws of physics and nature, contemplating upon humanity and its geopolitical issues. By reflecting on contemporary society, Kyša confronts the viewer with a constantly changing presence and our insecure future.
By corruption of basic human beliefs and knowledge about physical principles, I encourage questioning of general certitudes.
With the help of magnetism, electrical mechanisms, and software, Jaroslav Kyša disrupts the function of gravity as well as the perception of time. He brings attention to “short circuits” of reality and its understanding. By corruption of basic human beliefs and knowledge about physical principles, Kyša encourages questioning of general certitudes. He investigates into both conceptual and material essence of works created, which results in the interaction of a viewer with the work. A viewer thus becomes a part of “short circuit” of reality.
Design details and paper choices inspired by Jaroslav Kyša’s work
These above-mentioned themes inspired the design of the exhibition catalog Fifth Force, with the laws of physics coming into play. Actual magnets, hidden underneath the cover folds of the book, act as a closing mechanism, and a reference to the artist’s work with forces appealing and repulsive – physical laws and perception of reality.
For the cover, the designer decided to find a paper fitting to the theme, and materials Kyša uses in his work – stone, cement, clay – and Gmund Urban Cement black, paper exclusively available at Europapier, was an outstanding choice. The rough texture of the cover and stylish design details make a beautiful, and experimental art publication, any art or book lover would love and cherish.