Formerly the art director of frieze magazine, designer Sonya Dyakova’s portfolio is one packed with beautiful designs for top art-world client. Previous projects have included designing a book for Ron Mueck and creating designs for Michael Craig Martin’s Chatsworth House exhibition; and her latest work saw her working on an exhibition catalogue for painter Albert Oehlen’s exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair.
The designs are minimal and beautiful, using a classy serif font and layouts that let the images sing. Unusually, it’s leporello bound, allowing the viewer to pore over the spread of work and luxuriate in its horizontal folds. “For Oehlen, the practice of painting and its inherent unpredictability is a subject in itself,” says Sonya. “The guiding principles of his method are impulse and eclecticism, while his tools are fingers, brushes, collage, and computer…Flattening and overlapping surface, colour, and content through cut-and-paste revisions of a fundamental biological form, Oehlen calls into question both nature versus the most essential tools of painting.”
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