CAPSID is the first major monograph of British artist John Walter's work. It addresses a crisis of representation surrounding viruses such as HIV, by transposing the scientific research of capsids onto the broader subject of how culture is transmitted.
Walter’s work is underscored by a maximalist approach, an unashamed celebration of a visual aesthetic that embodies the handmade, the awkward and imbalanced, as well as unexpected juxtapositions of image and text and humour.
The design builds on Walter's maximalist approach using a brash and contrasting colour scheme. The layout takes liberty in overlaying and splicing artworks together. Further humour is injected at the beginning and end of the book with a series of non-sensical phrases that merge scientific terms with humorous or sexual innuendos using 'loud' typography.
Published by Home Manchester