Tony Oursler's collection on the occult and spiritualism put in book form
‘The occult, UFOs, thought photography, colour theory, fairies, cults, séances, magic, optics, mesmerism’ - terms and ideologies that, let’s be frank, are hard to associate with sophisticated art and design. But tabloid connotations put aside, the unknown and the spiritual provide an exciting place for investigation for an artist. American painter-sculptor Tony Oursler takes a deep interest in the field, having acquired a vast archive exploring the transcendental side of life, straight from the 18th century. In an age of sudden technological, scientific, and industrial growth, people felt that the base of their centuries-old universe were shaken, and the feeling of uncertainty consequently arising led them to follow questionable spiritual ideologies.
As organised by the LUMA Foundation, Oursler’s collection, along with a few new works by himself, is now presented at an exhibition until 2016 February. The material was also put to a more lasting format, a catalogue designed by the Zak Group. Entitled Imponderable - The Archives of Tony Oursler, the publication has nothing to do with sensationalism and uses a solemn visual language to tell tales of the unknown.
Collaborating closely with the artists himself, the graphic studio not only used Oursler’s massive archive from two centuries ago but took inspiration from it. Typefaces based on 18th century originals are paired with more contemporary, pixelated lettering, and a simple white layout to let content speak for itself. The book is not only beautiful but it provides a deep, historical insight into the social, spiritual, intellectual developments and belief systems of the age.
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