This publication was produced on the occasion of a retrospective of sculptor Richard Reddaway’s work at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. The exhibition surveyed his work from the 1980s to his current practice, exploring enduring themes and tracking them in relation to the sociopolitical contexts in which they were made.
The book (a five-part collection including a perfect bound book with foldout, mini story book, sculpture plan and sticker set packaged in a cardboard box referencing Reddaway’s sculptures) and associated exhibition graphics were designed by Jo Bailey and Anna Brown from the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, where Richard Reddaway is also faculty. The main lock-up device uses Orientation by Sandrine Nugue, which Jo and Anna chose because its angular stencil form lent itself to the overlapping and slicing they wanted to utilise to nod to Richard’s work. It is supported by Graphik(Christian Schwartz) for body copy—like Orientation, a typeface family published by Commercial Type.
…a remarkable publication, or rather a collection, as there is a lot packed into the box … The aesthetic of the book is a little Bauhaus, a little punk collage, a little Russian constructivist; telegraphing the underlying politics through art history, and this extending to the pageworks inside (some elaborately folded, playfully referencing the avant-garde political aesthetics of the early twentieth century).