TDCOK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath)
NUMBERS DESIGN BY
AWARD
2021
Book Design Prize
OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath)

Gabriel Kuri: Sorted, Resorted

OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath)|Gabriel Kuri: Sorted, Resorted
OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath)|Gabriel Kuri: Sorted, Resorted
OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath)|Gabriel Kuri: Sorted, Resorted
OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath)|Gabriel Kuri: Sorted, Resorted

Sorted Resorted  is a book designed to accompany the exhibition of the same name presented at Wiels, Brussels. The exhibition adopts material as its organising principle. It underlines the idea of sorting as a recurring theme in Kuri’s practice and resorts his works into four categories: paper, plastic, metal, and construction materials. The book design extends the concept of the exhibition, creating an alternative artistic space while also fulfilling its duties as an ultra-functional catalogue of the show.

The book can be understood as a proposition for a sculpture; a deconstructed object exposing its content to create a relationship between the various material components. There is a common interest with Gabriel to explore the logics with which everyday materials speak to us and can be used to form literal and metaphorical statements.

The 2-D typographic and structural organisation is immediate, almost didactic in its nature. Fulfilling a modernistic principle of order, precision and legibility the design allows the reader to focus on important relationships in the images and associated texts. On the cover the reader is primed by a graphic supporting the apparently literal title, which seeks to establish an interplay between the abstract and symbolic meaning.

OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath)

OK-RM is a London based design studio founded by Oliver Knight & Rory McGrath in 2008, engaged in ongoing partnerships with artists, curators, editors, architects, designers and institutions. With an understanding of visual culture and the historical vernacular of design, the studio engages critically with the cultural context. Approaching design as a tool for contemporary propositions, collaborations and commissions are seen as the context and constraints through which ideas are articulated.

Recent clients, commissioners and collaborators have included 1017-ALYX-9SM, ETH Zurich, JW Anderson, Sadie Coles, CCA Montreal alongside collaborative projects with artists including Jonathan Anderson, Virgil Abloh, Fos, Kirstine Roepstorff and Gabriel Kuri. In 2015 they founded InOtherWords, a publishing imprint that extends from the studio practice creating books in close collaboration with artists, writers, institutions and other cultural protagonists.