Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Artists Inspired: Creative Wordings
Posted by Imogen Brooks
For some people the whole purpose of art is to convey a message without the need of language. Some, on the other hand, use typography to add another meaningful layer to their work.
Today’s Inspired post explores the very human fascination with words. Letters, numbers and symbols surround us in our daily lives – they are practically unavoidable. What with the increasing presence (and pressure) of social media networks and advertising, an artistic view of typography seems to be evolving amongst all of it. Typography has slowly become hugely popular both sartorially and artistically. Whether it be creating original fonts or utilising those that encompass our world at present, creative minds are coming up with excitingly original ways to incorporate lettering into their work.
Filmmaker/Photographer: Zsolt Molnár
Hungarian Zsolt Molnár’s work is inspired by an obsession with typography within a real-life context. Molnár began his project 365 Budapest wherein he would cycle through the Hungarian
capital Budapest every day for a year photographing the street numbers of hundreds of properties. The result is a fascinating exploration of the diversity of numerical typography from all corners of the city. Each photograph is drastically different to the former and each numerical symbol seems to be a unique expression of an individual’s identity. As Molnár says himself, “Recommended not only for typophiles” - just don’t be surprised if you find yourself addicted to this absorbing concept!
To watch a short film on the project, visit: Vimeo.com
And for more numerical renderings visit: 365budapest.com
Graphic Designer/Illustrator: Eman
Freelancer Eman incorporates lettering into her designs to create dainty, eye-pleasing pieces. Working in delicate pastel shades, her illustrations involve an interplay and layering of words in both English and Arabic that is continuously unique and sophisticated. Adorning web designs, menus, book covers, wallpapers and much more, her work shows how practical can be pretty!
To view more of her work visit: E-emoo.deviantart.com
Sculptor: Jaume Plensa
Barcelona-born Jaume Plensa sculpts pieces that often use typography as the very building blocks of their physical structure. His huge human-shaped forms are his most striking works that inhabit numerous open spaces and galleries across the art world. Their towering forms are created by a jumbled construct of plain white letters and numbers that are made from varying materials, such as cast iron, synthetic resin and alabaster. Often seated or curled up, Plensa’s sculptures appear to exist in a contemplative state and their anonymous appearance along with their letter-based skeleton possibly alludes to our innate desire to interpret our world through the use of language.
For more of Plensa’s work visit: Jaumeplensa.com