We are blind people made of colors - Emma Llensa
Do not break in two - Lúa Ocaña
Atem Books, an independent publisher based in Spain sent over a couple of titles recently. Their books had already caught my eye with the goregously muted colours used on the cover of several titles so I was excited about receiving these.
The subtle colour palette is evident throughout We are blind people made of colors as the artist takes us on a journey through coastlines covered in intrieging rock formations and structures. The choice of colours and deliberate use of film lends a dream like quality to all the images. This suits the dream like landscapes we encounter in this book just perfectly.
This book also comes with an original print tucked inside the front cover - very nice.
Do not break in two is a series of black and white images, often in which two photographs have been overlaid to form one. Just past the centre there is an excellent series of quadtychs which in the wrong hands could have steered dangerously close to art school ‘studies of the human body’. Lúa’s approach is, happily, far removed from this.
Atem Books has an array of similarly excellent titles to choose from in their online store. I’m looking forward to future releases from this publisher.