Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation.

Shoebox Gallery, May 20 through July 6, 2011.

Above: My recent solo show, Typografika / Detailien, officially opened on May 20, 2011 in the Shoebox Gallery here in Minneapolis, MN. I am grateful to the gallery curator, Sean Smuda, for his kind invitation. The space itself is located on the corner of Chicago and Lake, and its size was a key factor in deciding what to show. I settled on an idea of creating a conglomerate assembly of 4″ x 6″ detailien (details), and thought it would be a nice way to create new paths both to and from the original pieces. Here are some images from the process and installation that I hope you will enjoy.

UPDATE: Reviewed by Patricia Briggs in Scene / Unseen: Viewing Notes, and Thomas O. Haakenson in Quodlibetica. Also listed here in MNArtists.

Above: Some of the crops, a laborious but delightful process. It was truly emotional revisiting work from as long as fourteen years ago. One finds many mistakes, new discoveries, and clues to a personal evolution that can be easily forgotten. High time to move on to create new work and pursue new directions.

Above: The final stack of one hundred and one 4″ x 6″ cropped examples of my work. Might make for a lovely little book?

Above: Another GIF as book study.

Above: After first cropping the 4″ x 6″ pieces with a cardboard “lens,” it became apparent that many were just a bit off. These remnants will be used for another project, I find it hard to throw away these lovely bouquets of color.

Above: The Shoebox in it’s original form. The small door on the right is the only access. On the bottom left you can see the identity I recently developed for Sean.

Above: A GIF I created of some of the printed matter I used to create the crops (most range from 1998 to the present). This is dedicated to AJ Warnick.

Above: Have graphic design show, will travel. I used a favorite old Pepsi-Cola box to transport the assembled frames to the gallery. More evidence that crops, even slivers, can greatly improve the original work.

Above: An image of the right side of the gallery after installation. I chose to work solely with color relationships in arranging the pieces.

Above: A view from the right.

Above: Another detail.

Above: Et voilà! I wore a suit to spite the rain which, gratefully, did not keep family, colleagues, students, and friends from attending. A thousand thanks to all who attended and to those who sent their good wishes and support.

The show will remain hanging until July 6, 2011, and I welcome any an all requests to revisit it with you should you be so inclined. For more examples of my work at true scale, please visit my portfolio site, Typografika. Irashai, mina-san, irashai!

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Avanti popolo alla riscossa,
bandiera rossa, bandiera rossa!
Avanti popolo alla riscossa,
bandiera rossa trionferá!

UPDATE: Reviewed by Patricia Briggs in Scene / Unseen: Viewing Notes, and Thomas O. Haakenson in Quodlibetica. Also listed here in MNArtists.




51 Responses to “Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation.”

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Janice added these words on May 22 11 at 10:20 PM

Typografika / Detailien: Images of process and installation that I hope you might enjoy. http://goo.gl/FqQA9 #graphicdesign #typography

Erik Brandt added these words on May 22 11 at 10:40 PM

Oh my goodness i love the gif, and the show was beautiful.

AJ added these words on May 22 11 at 11:00 PM

A thousand thanks, AJ. I couldn’t help but remember the beautiful GIF you made for your Haiti project overview. http://goo.gl/rwsUA

Erik Brandt added these words on May 23 11 at 8:13 AM

Nice performance, Erik, especially in the suit, but of course, the whole project, window, pieces, fragments, rhythm, like music, I feel the energy and not only typographical

good luck
Leo

Leo Divendal added these words on May 23 11 at 3:02 PM

A thousand thanks, Leo, I am so grateful for your kind words despite the distance!

Erik Brandt added these words on May 23 11 at 3:06 PM

photos of the recent exhibition of Erik Brandt @geotypografika > Typografika/Detailien! http://t.co/A0MMv9Z

typo/graphic posters added these words on May 23 11 at 3:37 PM

Congratulations, Erik! I love the concept of your show and the individual pieces are fabulous. I wish I could have been there in person. Thanks for sharing and best wishes with your future endeavors. Very creative!! Herzlich, Hans

Hans-Ulrich Allemann added these words on May 23 11 at 5:54 PM

Vielen, vielen Dank, lieber Hans. A thousand thanks!

Erik Brandt added these words on May 23 11 at 6:42 PM

love this blog from erik brandt http://bit.ly/mRiuXd

juliuswiedemann added these words on May 23 11 at 10:09 PM

Erik–the show looks great. I wish I were in town to see it. I want to curate a show–or have you do it–on the topic “what is graphic design, anyway.” Somehow your work is so irreverent that it makes me thing about this. Can you suggest and exhibition catalogues I should see that take tackle this in interesting ways?

Patricia Briggs added these words on May 23 11 at 10:36 PM

Thanks so much, Patricia, would love to talk more. The “Anti-Design Festival” from last September may interest you, http://goo.gl/YjzB , and coming up right now is the super-cool “What Design Can Do” in Holland: http://goo.gl/YjzB The show everyone is talking about now is the Wim Crouwel exhibition in London, http://goo.gl/4fFMG , and that catalogue looks incredible-overview of his incredibly influential work. Let’s talk soon.

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 7:01 AM

love it! wish I could visit in person, so thanks for sharing via web =)

Carl Huber added these words on May 24 11 at 7:56 AM

CARL! A thousand thanks for reaching out across the years. I am so delighted and grateful to hear from you.

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 8:07 AM

A thousand thanks, the show reviewed on Scene/Unseen here: http://goo.gl/8A2FM

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 8:48 AM

Many thanks! @trebleseven: RT @geotypografika: Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. #design http://t.co/b3zyKmp

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 12:30 PM

Many thanks! @trebleseven: RT @geotypografika: Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. #design http://t.co/b3zyKmp

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 12:30 PM

Many thanks ! RT @tgposters: photos of the recent exhibition of Erik Brandt @geotypografika > Typografika/Detailien! http://t.co/A0MMv9Z

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 12:31 PM

Many thanks ! RT @tgposters: photos of the recent exhibition of Erik Brandt @geotypografika > Typografika/Detailien! http://t.co/A0MMv9Z

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 12:31 PM

What Geotypografika is upto! Great design, great art and great photos, esp the formal one with the umbrella, Erik! http://goo.gl/FqQA9

Brahmi Computing added these words on May 24 11 at 12:36 PM

Many thanks! RT @brahmicomputing: What @Geotypografika is up to! …great photos, esp the one with the umbrella, Erik! http://goo.gl/FqQA9

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 12:42 PM

You can take your design portfolio & slice it into pieces to turn it into an art show. That's what @geotypografika did: http://t.co/DSCxbSm

Chank Diesel added these words on May 24 11 at 4:20 PM

Cheers, Chank! RT @chankfonts: You can take your design & slice it into pieces… That's what @geotypografika did: http://t.co/DSCxbSm

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 4:23 PM

This looks so fantastic Erik! Very badly wish I could see it in person. Also, SOOO glad you’re keeping those colourful strips, I always loved them and was saddened to through out a the years worth during studio clean-ups.

Colin added these words on May 24 11 at 8:45 PM

Wow, thanks so much, Colin, so glad you enjoyed. I’ll post the experiment when it is done. Thinking double-sided tape?

Erik Brandt added these words on May 24 11 at 9:51 PM

Yay typography window art http://bit.ly/l22yME #shoeboxgallery #chi-lake

Twin City Scene added these words on May 25 11 at 5:24 PM

Yay typography window art http://bit.ly/l22yME #shoeboxgallery #chi-lake: Yay typography window art … http://bit.ly/itdwLH #typography

typography247 added these words on May 25 11 at 5:25 PM

typography particles aligned with those with which we tread — a nice cross synthesis / collaboration seems somehow aligned with the places our visuals of communication need to appear. oh, not big box store? Sweet. #16 thinking always with good notes. hi leo. let’s offer degrees for custom shoe cobblers.

#2 added these words on May 26 11 at 5:16 AM

Yay typography window art http://bit.ly/l22yME #shoeboxgallery #chi-lake

Richard D. Cushing added these words on May 26 11 at 10:11 AM

A thousand thanks #2! Much appreciated.

Erik Brandt added these words on May 27 11 at 7:12 AM

Many thanks for the RT @juliuswiedemann love this blog from erik brandt http://bit.ly/mRiuXd

Erik Brandt added these words on May 30 11 at 1:40 PM

Grazie! @scozzese: ; ) RT @juliuswiedemann love this blog from Erik Brandt http://bit.ly/mRiuXd

Erik Brandt added these words on May 30 11 at 2:28 PM

NICE! looks great!!! :)

Erin McLaughlin added these words on Jun 02 11 at 9:49 PM

Thanks so much, Erin!

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 03 11 at 6:22 AM

Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cULH

jocundist added these words on Jun 08 11 at 8:35 PM

Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cUMj

Joel Ng added these words on Jun 08 11 at 8:35 PM

Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cUMj

Joel Ng added these words on Jun 08 11 at 8:35 PM

Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cULH

Duke added these words on Jun 08 11 at 8:40 PM

Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cUMj

Claudia Pyne added these words on Jun 08 11 at 9:18 PM

Cheers for the RT, Jocundist!

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 10:16 AM

Cheers for the RT, Joel!

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 10:16 AM

Cheers for the RT, Duke!

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 10:16 AM

Cheers for the RT, Claudia!

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 10:16 AM

großartig! looks great! can’t wait to get to MPLS!

nicool added these words on Jun 09 11 at 10:22 AM

herzlichen dank, nicool! freut mich. du, sag bescheidt wenn und wann ich dir helfen kann.

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 10:33 AM

Cheers for the RT! @_joel_ng_ Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cULH

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 3:19 PM

Cheers for the RT! @thehouseofpyne Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cULH

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 3:21 PM

Cheers for the RT! @lowenders Typografika / Detailien: Process and installation. http://ow.ly/5cULH

Erik Brandt added these words on Jun 09 11 at 3:23 PM

Two more days at the Shoebox, Typografika/Detailien. http://goo.gl/FqQA9 #geotypografika #typografika

Erik Brandt added these words on Jul 04 11 at 2:56 PM

Servus, Erik! In opposition to that book cover, I thought you might enjoy this @espiekermann : http://goo.gl/FqQA9

Erik Brandt added these words on Jul 04 11 at 3:06 PM

My thanks for the show, Shoebox. Typografika/Detailien: Images of process and installation. http://t.co/SINaOjq #geotypografika #typografika

Erik Brandt added these words on Jul 06 11 at 7:01 PM

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