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Please join Edgar Arceneaux, Julian Myers, and Kimberly Varella for a presentation and reception for the book Hopelessness Freezes Time.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
at Department of Graphic Sciences
625 W. College St. #203, L.A. 90012
Late in 2011 LACMA hosted its Art + Film Gala honoring director/actor Clint Eastwood and enigmatic artist/provocateur John Baldessari. Heartily DGS accepted a commission to collaborate with John, designing the whole package for a special edition release of his film Script, in DVD form.
Electronic Arts describes Script as such:
Script is the opposite of an improvisational exercise. Seven couples, all amateurs, are handed pages from random movie scripts and instructed to enact the absurd text through force of imagination, without direction or knowledge of what the others are doing.
The most surprising project for the year here at DGS was this quick true-type font we developed for Supermarché's short documentary on conceptual artist John Baldessarri. We were deep in the trenches designing a deluxe DVD box of Baldessarri's own film Script for LACMA's major gala "Art+Film" (for which Supermarché's film was being created as well), when Supermarché (Paranormal 3, Catfish) asked us about the titles for their doc. In three days we set out to create the font, Wrong. The letter forms are based off a group of paintings, executed for Baldessari by a professional sign painter. In some ways that guy is actually the original generator of the font.
No harm ever done in a good old-fashioned pat on the back. This year we are proud be be a part of Print's Regional Design Annual and FPO's very first award series and publication (due to be released this month).
In FPO (For Print Only): Exhibition catalog for Steve Roden: when words become forms (Pomona College Museum of Art) and brochure for CCF's L.A. Makes Art.
In Print Regional Design Annual: Identity redesign for Pomona College Museum of Art.
Thanks CCF and PCMA for trusting our "strange, messy, wild, [and] beautiful"* ideas! A supreme collaboration, indeed.
The strata of the Earth is a jumbled museum. Embedded in the sediment is a text that contains limits and boundaries which evade the rational order, and social structures which confine art. In order to read the rocks we must become conscious of geologic time, and of the layers of prehistoric material that is entombed in the Earth’s crust. When one scans the ruined sites of prehistory one sees a heap of wrecked maps that upsets our present art historical limits. A rubble of logic confronts the viewer as he looks into the levels of the sedimentation. The abstract grids containing the raw matter are observed as something incomplete, broken and shattered.
– Robert Smithson