January 18-27, 2019
Thu, Jan 24, 2019 — Thu, Jan 31, 2019
1083 Bathurst Street
Opening Reception: Thu, Jan 24, 6-9pm
12:00 pm — 7:00 pm
12:00 pm — 6:00 pm
‘Puts on a Face’ is an exhibit of letterforms by Alley Kurgan. This exhibit expands on her previous type design and silk scarf specimens by creating letterforms both in clay and on silk. ‘Puts on a Face’ explores the relationship of language with letterforms and the writing tools used to create them.
A tool has the potential to create an endless number of typographic styles, each of which greatly alters a word or phrase. Typography dictates one’s experience to a larger audience, be it the raw angles of Cuneiform used to measure trade goods, or the curves of blackletter used to print tragic plays.
At the centre of this project is a bronze stylus used to create two sets of letterforms. Pulling inspiration from the writing styles of Cuneiform and Blackletter, the letterforms on display will be produced in clay and on silk, respectively. Presented within Ewanika’s thoughtfully curated space, ‘Puts on a Face’ examines the subtle tension and dependancy of its objects in a retail environment.
“Under these conditions, even a sentence (to say nothing of the single word) puts on a face, and this face resembles that of the sentence standing next to it. In this way, every truth points manifestly to its opposite. Truth becomes something living; it lives solely in the rhythm by which statement and counter-statement displace each other in order to think each other.”
– Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project
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