(Ships late May, 2021)
Softcover with flaps
Interior has two specialty papers
34 color digital images by April Greiman
25 written texts by notable women
Jia Yi Gu
Laurie Haycock Makela
Paulette SingleyElisabeth Workman
April Greiman’s WhiteSpace is a collection of 33 digital photographs of landscapes and objects in the built environment, enhanced by curious digital icons and vertical typographic texts, both autobiographical and philosophical. Initially captured while driving or walking through remote spaces, these images represent her ongoing vision of color and lightness. But this book is more than that. Interleaved with photographs are the musings of 25 women on the subject of whitespace. These extraordinarily personal insights create a rhythmic meditation on emptiness, openness, beauty, fear, and a multitude of provocative perceptions. April’s friendships with women, like her images, are part of her spectrum of light, nurtured over decades, simmered to perfection.
A few years ago, April and I hosted a color workshop in Desert Hot Springs. The program was void of any ubiquitous color wheels or theory talk — is white the presence or absence of all colors combined? Nobody cares. Instead, the highlight for many of us was a silent walk in the desert and a night swim observing the stars. Why a color workshop in the desert, or for that matter, at night? And that is the point. Turns out the pale, pale desert might be the very best place to practice seeing the world through April’s eyes — all color and lightness.
WhiteSpace is like a trip to the desert with April and her wonderful colleagues. A master class in shadow and light.
-Laurie Haycock Makela