Mission Bay San Francisco
36"x24", Color Photograph, C-type Print, 2006
In 2013 I was invited to the Azores to document a private meeting of Basel School of Design alumni and prof. Emeritus Wolfgang Weingart. The purpose of the gathering was to articulate fundamental ideas in Weingart's teaching philosophy as experienced and translated through his students. The discussions included 4 days of shooting including meetings, and interviews. These were cut into two short documentary films which are now featured in the "Weingart Typography" exhibition curated by Barbara Junod at the Museum fur Gestaltung in Zurich. The exhibition subsequently traveled to the Hong Kong Design Institute, and other venues.
Are particular cultural identities expressed through vernacular typography? Is there is such as thing as “typography of place?” How can a “type of place” be defined in today’s more globalized cultures?
Typography is the art of arranging type in order to make language visible. Our project, Type of Place, set out three years ago documenting and archiving vernacular typography around the world with an aim to discover if there is such as thing as “typography of place” and how that can be defined in today’s more globalized world.
Historically there are many examples of culturally specific graphic forms. Design in general is considered a cultural indicator, for example, French fashion design, Italian furniture design, Swiss graphic design, Japanese ceramics etc. Our project investigates this concept through the lens of typographic design.
As an ongoing grant funded research project, we are currently designing a mobile application that will allow the development of a user generated collection of vernacular type from all over the world. This project is fundamentally comparative. While this is still a main tenant of our work, we also feel that the collection and archiving of vernacular forms by users in their own community is important as an end in itself. We realize that there would be a significant research value in having a photographic archive of vernacular typography for example from the 40’s, 50’s 60’s etc. Unfortunately no such systematic collection currently exists.
This project began at ATypI in Reykjavik, and was subsequently presented at DesignMarch in Reykjavik in 2012, ATypI Barcelona 2014, Typecon Denver 2015, FaceForward Dublin 2015.
Type of Place is a collaboration with Meta Newhouse.
Wonderfully relentless and monotonous, these rocks from vacant lots in Doha, produced by geologic time and unearthed by ongoing construction are presented in GIF time. This is a monumental rip-off. Fast, frenetic and detached.
HonnunarMars, Reykjavik Iceland 2012
The inflated form represents the volume of air that the average adult breathes in a twenty-four hour period. The prints on the wall represent the number of breaths that the average adult takes in one hour. This project was part of the DesignMarch festival in Reykjavik Iceland. Its purpose was to pose the question about how information is experienced and presents a way of making a universal experience into a visualized poetic space.
A collection of videos documenting Don Adleta, Professor Emeritus, working through the process of bringing a letter form to life from blank paper, pencil sketches, then eventually paint. This document captures some of the traditional processes of letterform design and the methods that were taught at the Weiterbildungsklasse fur Grafik in Basel Switzerland.
Images of a miniature 2'x3' set constructed in my studio, then photographed. These are explorations of beauty and illusion using common local urban weeds. The illusions break down in each image, but only after the initial impact. Perception and expectations guide our placement of value just as these images transform unwanted urban vegetation into art objects.
24"x36" Lambda c-type prints
The Scanned Wood project began by collecting pieces of rotting wood in the forest of southern Ohio. The pieces were then scanned using a 3D scanner. Using CAD based software, the detail of the geometry is reduced, and the vectors are then drawn with pen on news print and drawing paper respectively.
For me the mediation and translation is the most valuable component of the final work. Each could be printed, but the use of human hand to recreate the computer's lines, that were generated from a natural object creates a compelling though anachronistic relationship of contemporary media and hand made processes.
Now you can sit around the flickering flame of your HD television and enjoy the artifice of nature with high quality bass. No need to go camping! The SubLog is a 79"x 18" life size cast of an oak log from the forest of Marin County, CA. This log is a subwoofer which uses a sealed box design with audiophile quality components to produce natural flat sound replication. It was designed specifically for home theater applications. It contains a dynamic EQ and has many custom controls.