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  1. For Each Minute – Sixty-Five Seconds

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    ArtistNiko Luoma
    Concept designJuha Nenonen and Niko Luoma
    Graphic design and typesettingJuha Nenonen, Bigger Splash
    ReproductionsPetri Kuokka, Aarnipaja
    PublisherHatje Cantz, Berlin Germany
    SizePortrait 25 x 30,5 cm
    Content184 pages, 65 colour artworks, 72 workbook images and sketches, six B/W artworks (on text pages) and six reproduced artworks of other artists
    TextsNiko Luoma, Timothy Persons, Lyle Rexer and Duncan Wooldridge
    TypefaceDolly Pro and Auto Pro by Underware
    PaperArctic Volume Highwhite 150 g, Munken Pure Rough 90 g (text pages), Favini Lunar mini silver 120 g (dust-jacket) and Munken Pure 400 g (cover)
    BindingSwiss softcover with black thread. American dust-jacket poster as cover
    PrintingUV offset 4/4, text pages 1/1 (black), FM- screen, spot varnish on artworks and glossy UV varnish as effect on 8 pages
    Printing and bindingLivonia Print, Riga Latvia

    Concept design, graphic design and typesetting.

    For Each Minute – Sixty-Five Seconds is truly a magnificent one of a kind art book. It is full of highly thought out small details and the printing quality is simply superb. The book is a Tour de Force of book concept design by Bigger Splash.

    For Each Minute – Sixty-Five Seconds is artist’s book that presents works from Niko Luoma’s Adaptations series. The photo works in the series are based on masterpieces of art history – paintings made by other artists – which Luoma has used as a starting point and made his own versions of them using his own unique working method. These abstract photographs are created according to a precise advance plan with hundreds of exposures on 4 x 5 inch film with field camera. The working process is meditative and slow, and this slowed time is also indicated in the title of the book For Each Minute – Sixty-Five Seconds.

    In addition to the works from the Adaptations series, the monograph contains lot of sketches, reference images and spreads from the artist’s notebooks. The book includes an interview with Lyle Rexer and Niko Luoma, an essay by Duncan Wooldridge, and a foreword by Timothy Persons. Luoma’s self-written comments about his sketches, works and his own working process in general are placed at the end of the book.

    The content paper of the book is bulky and bright Arctic Volume Highwhite. All of the artworks are displayed on white background, while a black background is used on the sketch pages. Spot varnish has been used on top of the artworks to increase the gloss and contrast. The book has four foldout / gatefold spreads. Two of them open only to one side and the other two open to both directions. The latter uses a glossy spot UV-varnish as an effect. The text pages with reference images are printed on thin Munken Pure Rough with 1/1 black colour. Thanks to the Swiss binding, the spreads open beautifully completely flat. The use of black thread in the binding is another special detail. It is a small detail but suits perfectly for this book.

    The book has a soft cover with Munken Pure rough paper printed with black ink only. The actual double-sided American dust-jacket cover is wrapped around the Munken cardboard. One can detach it from the book and open it as a poster. It has been printed with oxidation-drying inks on Italian Favini Lunar Mini Silver paper. The flaps of the dust-jacket entail many sketches and archival images and Mary Oliver’s poem The Uses of Sorrow serves as an introduction to the book. Dust-jacket contains also author’s introductions and three artist inscriptions. The inside of the dust-jacket is a hidden gem that shows a collage of inspirational images and objects that Luoma has arranged on his studio floor.

    The book was published by Hatje Cantz in the summer of 2021.

    For Each Minute, Sixty-Five Seconds