Peter Nencini: Hand Werk & Make Do

 I think I have a new hero...

From Walker Art Design Blog : Hand Werk & Make Do Type
Peter Nencini has also an amazing blog
here. Very inspiring!

RN: Bill’s typeface was surely influenced primarily by the principles of Concrete Art and, probably less so, by the medium (linocut) he was working with. To what degree is your Make Do Type influenced by your use of it within the medium of letterpress? Have other factors or concepts shaped the way in which you’ve designed this typeface?

PN: Sensibility to any material necessitates embrace of its natural limit. So letterpress is like clay; you have to go with it. The type is lasercut out of plywood (and other materials to create varied patina out of the same inked colour), so it has to be simple or large enough to cut; and robust enough to survive the press. And any other added functionality, such as letterspacing, has to work within this physical system. So some synonymity between the form and the tool exists, as in Cuneiform.

I’m interested too, in an emergent desktop publishing, onscreen material logic. Looking a lot at lost dog posters; smileys; that kind of thing. The free ‘amateur’ will to stretch or pimp a designed typeface. The tear-off telephone number poster is a great late C20th piece of design. Somehow, this will grow as a factor in Make Do Type.

Aside from the influences mentioned above, I have to cite Eva Hesse. Recently went to see the Studiowork show, featuring only her small sculptural test pieces. I read somewhere, Robert Morris described ‘anti-form’ as a basis for making art works in terms of process and time rather than as static and enduring icons.

Also, the ambition to work with a stock line weight (as a pole for formal play) comes from Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd and Dick Bruna (yes, Miffy).

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"Grandmas are made from chaos"

Radiolab will explode your head...

more stuff that 'll explode your head: Radiolab.org

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Guy De Cointet

I wanted to see the documentary about Guy De Cointet at STUK, Leuven (BE) yesterday, but of course I checked the times too late and missed it.

So here are some nice pictures of his performance piece "Tell Me". There is a remake on Youtube, but they somehow messed up the very important details....

feathers for the feathered: I took all these images from rolu.terapad.com

 

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Françoise Gamma

I love how Françoise Gamma is presenting her work on her website. it's the perfect world for the work to live in. Every detail is perfect.

I'm also completely amazed by the technicality of her work.
This is one of those few times where I have completely NO idea how the work was created. I suppose she wrote a lo-fi renderer to create those pixel sharp animations...

see it here: francoisegamma.computersclub.org

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Leon Vranken

It's about time I mention Leon Vranken (at Stella Lohaus)

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Henrik Menné

more at Gallery Tom Christoffersen

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Seeking new patterns

The contemporary artist is always seeking new patterns, new pattern recognition which is his task for heavens sake. The great need, the absolute indispensability of the artists is that he alone in his encounter with the present can give the pattern recognition, he alone has the sensory awareness necessary to tell us what our world it made of. He\'s more important than the scientist. The scientists are going to wake up to this shortly and be resorting en masse to the artists Studio.

via spacecollective

and here

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Pieterjan Ginckels - Piste

Piste by Pieterjan Ginckels is on show at Netwerk Aalst from sept 18 until nov 7 2010.

more here

They will be breaking records in there.

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Peter Coffin

more and a video of the installation working at Galerie Emanuel Perrotin

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Philip Metten @ Z33

cool crazy stuff by Philip Metten NOW (27.06 until 10.10.2010) on show at Z33, Hasselt, Belgium.

link to Z33

link to gallery

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