Ry­szard Apte

Klient: Kor­po­racja Ha!art

Rok: 2010

Za­kres prac: Pro­jekt gra­ficzny, ty­po­gra­ficzny, re­dakcja i ko­rekta, skład i łamanie, re­dakcja tech­niczna, przy­go­to­wanie do druku

Pro­jekt okładki książki: Agata Biskup

The pu­bli­ca­tion con­sists of two equ­ally im­por­tant parts: non-fiction novel written by Piotr Głu­chowski and Marcin Ko­walski – re­por­ters of „Ga­zeta Wy­borcza” daily (Grand Press award win­ners in 2009 for press re­port), tel­ling the story of life and death of Ry­szard Apte – Je­wish writer, poet, pa­inter, who died du­ring the World War II in german con­cen­tra­tion camp in Sta­lowa Wola – and re­pro­duc­tion of his exer­cise book filled with unique dra­wings, never pu­bli­shed be­fore.
The most im­por­tant fe­ature of this pu­bli­ca­tion is that it had to deal with com­ple­tely unk­nown ar­tist on two dif­fe­rent le­vels: novel was sup­posed to re­con­struct my­ste­rious and tragic life of an ar­tist, which did not even had a chance to de­velop fully, and his ar­ti­stic le­gacy, which mi­ra­cu­lo­usly su­rvived 50 years on the attic of some house in Wie­liczka, near Krakow.
Apte’s works were sup­posed to be pre­sented in the most ade­quate way po­ssible, so we (pu­bli­sher, edi­tors and I) have de­cided to pu­blish them in two se­pa­rate vo­lumes: first one, con­si­sting of the novel and mi­scel­lanea works of Apte, and the se­cond one – re­pro­duc­tion of the most im­por­tant and ma­ture oeuvre of Ry­szard Apte, na­mely the cycle of dra­wings en­ti­tled Anxiety.
The cycle, which su­rvived in full shape only be­cause it was hidden be­tween co­vers of school exer­cise book, had to be pre­sented in a se­pa­rate vo­lume.
We de­cided to pre­serve the way we found dra­wings from the cycle – drawn on loose se­pa­rate pages, cut from the exer­cise book. Fi­fteen dra­wings were re­pro­duced on se­pa­rate pages, which were in­serted into spe­cially pre­pared case, which was de­si­gned ba­sing on the co­vers of the Apte’s exer­cise book and is its fa­ithful re­pro­duc­tion. The case was com­ple­mented by two dif­fe­rent ta­bles of con­tents (pre­pared by the Au­thor), spe­cial table ga­the­ring thumb­nails and ti­tles of dra­wings and note from the editor (written by me). In this way the re­ader re­ce­aves the cycle Anxiety in the most unspoilt way po­ssible: he has to de­cide how to read the cycle, how to bring order to dra­wings, how to at­tri­bute ti­tles to dra­wings (not all of them were obvious).
Two vo­lumes were bind to­ge­ther with strap of paper with names of au­thors and fo­iled for pro­tec­tion.
The book is sewn, in­te­grated, printed on Alto paper, pro­vided by Panta.
The case is printed on GC1 carton, in­verted (inner side of the case printed on the outer side of the carton), unfo­iled. Dra­wings printed full co­lour on of­fset paper, col­lected to­ge­ther and in­serted ma­nu­ally in the prin­ting house.