Art Director/Designer: Stefan Canuel RGD
Typesetter: Natalie Ann Garneau
This catalogue accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada of works by Canadian artist Chris Cran, and includes work spanning from his early career to the present day. Cran’s Chorus works are a series of small round paintings which represent visitors’ expressions, providing silent commentary on the works that they accompany. The halftone dot was chosen as an approach for the cover, as it is a technique that has remained consistent in the artist’s multi-faceted career. The colour sleeve was incorporated as a way to reference the many layers in this artist’s practice.
The use of one of the Chorus faces on the cover was also a humorous nod to the visitor experience. Communicating ideas to the artist and curator, respecting the production cost and subcontracting the typeset while ensuring all design aspects were followed from beginning to end, were key considerations for this project. The exhibition design and all marketing materials were also based on the look of the publication.
A very creative and imaginative project. The treatment on the cover is very well used, beautiful and efficient. It is not easy to work with an artist and deliver a product that this artist will be proud of. Well done graphically and typographically, and very good use of the space. Congrats!
– Patrice Boudreault