Project lettertype design is of course about creating a new font. For inspiration we got a list of artist, so first I am going to run through them and their works and than I need to choose one and create a font that based on his of her art visions. Not an easy task… let’s see, the first three artists.
Tony Cragg (born 1949) is a British visual artist specialized in sculpture. He is currently the director of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
Cragg’s innovative use of urban and industrial detritus opened up a new territory for sculpture at the same time as dealing with environmental and social concerns in post-industrial Britain. His first large-scale sculptures were stacks built with found and discarded building materials densely packed together to form solid cubes which could be viewed as sections of geological or archaeological strata from another age. These early works led him to using miscellaneous found items, most commonly made of plastic, to compose images of objects such as an axehead, a canoe, a vacuum cleaner, vessels and figures. Throughout the 1980s, he worked with an increasingly wide range of materials including wood, stone, cast iron, glass, aluminium and bronze. Mother’s Milk II, 1988, shown in his exhibition for the Venice Biennale of the same year, is one of a number of large bronze sculptures of the late 1980s which explored vessel forms derived from laboratory flasks. These sculptures with their rounded shapes were a departure from the flat and stacked configurations which preceded them, and they appeared to both reflect Cragg’s knowledge of and continued concerns with scientific matters as well as suggesting a vocabulary for the body and bodily functions. The vessel and the stacking of materials, both of which are combined in the elaborate glass sculptures of the 1990s, have been constant elements in Cragg’s diverse sculptural output over the last twenty-five years.
Jean Tinguely (1925–1991) was a Swiss painter and sculptor. He is best known for his sculptural machines or kinetic art, in the Dada tradition; known officially as metamechanics. Tinguely’s art satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society. Tinguely is one of the most significant machine artists and a father of robotic art.
He was part of the Nouveau Réalisme movement. A term that characterizes the work of a group of artists who incorporated real objects (often junk items) in their work to make ironic comments on modern life.
Naum Gabo (1890–1977) was a prominent Russian sculptor in the Constructivism movement and a pioneer of Kinetic Art.
The essence of Gabo’s art was the exploration of space, which he believed could be done without having to depict mass. His earliest constructions such as Head No.2 were formal experiments in depicting the volume of a figure without carrying its mass. Gabo’s other concern as described in the Realist Manifesto was that art needed to exist actively in four dimensions including time. Gabo’s vision is imaginative and passionate. Over the years his exhibitions have generated immense enthusiasm because of the emotional power present in his sculpture. Gabo described himself as “making images to communicate my feelings of the world.” In his work, Gabo used time and space as construction elements and in them solid matter unfolds and becomes beautifully surreal and otherworldly. Gabo chose to look past all that was dark in his life, creating sculptures that though fragile are balanced so as to give us a sense of the constructions delicately holding turmoil at bay.