Necessary Distraction

Curator Natasha Conland’s ‘Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show’, is a multi-artist survey of recent New Zealand painting that responds to the question ‘What can painting offer that other art forms cannot?’ The artworks selected and commissioned for this survey share a focus on material and form, and are deliberately open ended. The accompanying publication had to reflect the shows concept, present varied work in a neutral and elegant way and be a permanent record of the show. The catalogue was devised as a ‘a walk through the show’ and features every work in sequence. A restrained typographic palette uses a single type family, LL Circular, at one size and leading throughout (8.5pt/12pt — the type designer’s ordinal setting). Four different covers feature works from the show while a white screened block forms a literal ‘distraction’ to the works below.