Seldom does art change before your eyes. No one, for instance, goes to the Reina Sofia expecting to see Guernica leap into vibrant color. But then Visionaire, the boutique publisher of multi-format art and fashion albums, has always enjoyed exceeding our expectations. Their new issue, Visionaire 56 Solar, a collaboration with Calvin Klein Collection, is a titillating combination of art and innovation: when exposed to sunlight, the album’s grayscale images bloom like ecstatic geraniums. It’s Spring, after all, and why shouldn’t they?
The Solar’s pages are printed with a special photochromic ink. When viewed indoors, they appear in black & white, the cover itself a lovely gray-white woven patch taken from a Roe Ethridge photograph. Most of the images look marvelous as-is, but when taken outdoors, sunlight infuses them with remarkable new color and depth. Seeing a Richard Phillips photograph shift from subdued two-tone to wild polychrome is like watching fireworks explode in a bottle.
Other artists featured in Solar include Yoko Ono, John Baldessari, Ugo Rondinone, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Mario Sorrenti, M/M (Paris), Alex Katz, Richard Phillips, Olaf Breuning, Peter Lindbergh, Ryan McGinley, Richard Burbridge, and Glen Luchford. All of the work is brilliant.