The US version of the Pencil to Pixel exhibition, from Monotype, came with a whole microsite of goodies – well worth a browse. This drawing of an exuberant “N”, that appears to be bowing with a flourish, is one of my favourites.
Original ink drawing of a swashy “N” by Eduardo Cotti for the Pastonchi family, designed with Francesco Pastonchi in 1927
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently home the an exhibition of graphic work by Pentagram’s Paula Scher and Push Pin’s Seymour Chwast.
‘Double Portrait’ features 300 pieces of the design couple’s work, making visual connections between them, such as their love for expressive typography.
The posters are packed in wall-to-wall and bookended by these gargantuan letters created by each designer.
This is precisely the way I think these expressive characters are best displayed. I love their scale and simplicity, juxtaposed by the crowded, visual feast on the adjacent walls.
Runs until the 14th April.
Too Much Night, Again
Inspired by recent bouts of insomnia, Los Angeles based artist, Pae White, had created this huge network of yarn spelling out words that are only revealed when navigating the space.
Using 48 kilometers of material for this South London exhibition, Pae’s letters and words “TIGER TIME” and “UNMATTERING” emerge and dissolve depending on where to are positioned, representing the transience of our existence.
Typography:: 48 kilometre network of thread by Pae White
Five design studios have been picked to represent the best design talent from Spain’s cultural headquarters, Barcelona.The exhibition is to be hosted by one of the UK’s thriving design hot-spots, Manchester.
Each company and the curator, David Sedgwick, have designed a letter from the exhibition title, BCN-MCR (Barcelona-Manchester). These works double as promotional posters.
The 5 consultancies representing themselves with a distinct letter (above) are: Lo Siento (N), Hey (C), Lamosca (B), Mucho (M). and Mayúscula Brands (R).
Here is a selection of letters commissioned from 26 artists, illustrators and typographers for an exhibition at the ‘He Made She Made’ gallery in Sydney last week.
Organised and curated by Rosita Rawnsley-Mason, the exhibition was produced on behalf of Australian, non-profit organisation, the Dandelion Support Network. They match-up quality second-hand baby equipment for those less fortunate. Where necessary volunteers will repair and clean items before passing them on to families whose children might otherwise go without.
You can purchase prints and support what sounds like a fantastic cause.
A short video of typographic street artist, Ben Eine and his exhibition at the Lowry Gallery, Mancherster.
Some great lettering and vibrant colours used here.
Gill Sans sketch with white paint adjustments and notes by Eric Gill. From the Monotype archive, show at the ‘Beauty in the Making’ exhibition this week.
Last day of Fanatical Mechanical exhibition tomorrow. Featuring House Industries’ photo-lettering archive.
ART SELLS Exhibition today.
If by chance you’re in London today (which admittedly is only about 10% of you) do take a look. Over 60 artists from all over the world who work in advertising.
I had a sneak peak yesterday and there is some brilliant work on show.
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ
I’ll tweet some images later today on:
Type Worship: Plucky No. 5 selected for exhibition
The Higher Pitch - ART SELLS exhibition showcases artwork by people working in the advertising world and aims to encourage greater creative freedom in the industry by exposing the restrained talent within it.
On Thursday 15th September, for one day and one night only, ART SELLS will take up residence at renowned art venue, Village Underground in Shoreditch, East London. The venue is a converted Victorian warehouse with creative studios and offices housed in old tube trains on the roof of the building, making it the perfect venue for displaying the art in advertising.
I met the founders of Higher Pitch last week: Mel Fong-Brown, Head of Sales for Rokkit and Suzie Quill, Art Director at Saatchi & Saatchi (Mel and Suz) Mel’s belief is that: “Art sells – it has done for centuries. By putting artist talent at the heart of advertising we believe we can produce truly inspiring and successful creative work.” Mel and Suz commissioned Illustrator and designer Anthony Burrill to design the exhibition invitation. Anthony is also an artist also working in advertising.
In preparation for displaying the work John Jones, (framers to the stars), have framed the Plucky No.5 and written a flattering review: “Contemporary artist James Clarke has produced a limited edition of 25 works by blending the latest technology with traditional craft skills. ‘Plucky No. 5’ was initially hand-drawn, then redrafted digitally, before being printed and hand-embellished, creating an expressive character that oozes personality…” Read more
Thanks to Matthew Jones, Natasha Woolsey at John Jones and Mel and Suz at Higher Pitch.