Thoughts on Democracy
I had arrived at the Miami Intl Airport at midnight on Dec 5th dreading the 3 mile walk from the gate to the taxi stand! I was already half asleep walking into complete humidity thinking NOTHING is going to wake me up for this, as I was trying to keep my head up, I turned slightly to my right and saw a poster that started out with FREEDOM OF SPEECH by Adam Dye. The treatment made it look as if you could just take those letters and peel them right off. (Let me give you a bit of background, I'm a photo editor. But I have always had a great love for type. I took a typography class in art school and collected all the Letrasets I could find when I was kid. All the old schoolers should know that those are.)
As I kept walking, I saw more posters, more type treatments and before you know it, I forgot about my trek to the taxi stand. I had to look at each and every image. Carefully.
The exhibit was produced by Wolfsonian-FIU. They had invited 60 artists to design in today's world, Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" posters of 1943. The WOLFSONIAN-FIU (Florida Intl University) is a center that uses objects to illustrate "the persuasive power of art and design to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical and technological changes that have transformed our world".
Poster. Alan Dye. 2008. Archival ink-jet print. 20 x 16 inches. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University.
Unfortunately, it's not up anywhere online except on a blog thoughtsondemocracy.blogspot.com. Go to the CONTENTS on the right hand side of home page and click on any of those artsists.
Check it out. I think it's well worth it for designer/directors or any buff who loves good design and lots of letters!
The exhibit is up at the The Wolfsonian-Florida International University
1001 Washington Avenue