Books & Magazines May, 12 2010

A Tribute to William Blake: The Marriage of Heaven & Hell: A creative book project

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Fascinating project by Johannes Konig and Jan Voss. The website for Heaven//Hell breaks some new ground in digital books. The presentation is fluid and the imagery engrossing.

About the project –

William Blake, the English poet, Natural Mystic, painter and idiosyncratic social critic of romanticism acts as the model for the conjoint project by Johannes König, art director at Melville Brand Design (Munich), and freelance photographer Jan Voss (Berlin). The in-depthly detailed, handmade book The Marriage of Heaven & Hell links fashion photography, illustration and graphic design in a new way and can be seen for the first time at the urban art fair STROKE.02 in Munich (Sederanger 3, Tucherpark, Raum 3.11) from 27 to 30 March.

In eight chapters and on 120, pages König and Voss make the analogue meet the digital and explore the boundaries of their genres. In the process, typographically newly interpreted quotations of William Blake´s work „The Marriage of Heaven and Hell“alternate with detailed line drawings reminding of historic steel engravings and severely reduced graphic elements are combined with darkly appearing, vanguard fashion photography. Finely hachured creatures composed of part human and part animal and hovering models resembling mythical figures encounter a clear, expressive typography
and unfurl a mystic-suggestive power.

A few select page views after the jump. Head here to see A Tribute to William Blake in full.