△Three things that stood out to me
In the early 70s and 80s, punk evolved into new wave, affecting the aesthetics of the genre. Eclectic typography and eccentric alphabets dominated in posters and zines. A lot of hand drawn lettering, found typography ripped from magazines, contrast using scale, uneven baselines, dimensional typography and upside-down experiments. The striking part is that you can’t really tell the difference between professional and amateur work. Being “deskilled” was the vibe. After all, punk was a reaction to an economic malaise, formulaic industry and celebration of stereotypes. The result is vibrant, full of energy, expressive and alive. For someone who grew up listening to punk, switched to new wave and indie rock, and is in love with spirited typography, this exhibit was a blast!
Theater on canvas
Just discovered the stylized social dramas on canvas of James Brown. His visual language is inspired by postwar advertising and film noir. It was refreshing to experience his approach to painting as he is freezing a live art form, theater, on canvas, making it a virtual still life.
Lightness of being
July 27. Around 4 PM. Warm afternoon. 9 months after I broke my ankle. I was dancing in Central Park in the middle of a drum circle. Gertrude Stein said “you look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous if you don’t dance. So you might as well dance.” I only looked happy. The happiest, in fact. Look at that smile! I could sweat and jump like a normal person. I did not care about a single thing in the world at that particular instant. I had let go of all the energy I kept inside me all these months. I was like a glass of water, full but useless. I felt free in every inch of my body. Free me from the pain. Just a pure expression of a particular lightness of being.
☐ 1 thing that made sense to me
Robbing others and yourself
I had a small window to absorb Keith Yamashita’s wisdom. Among many things, he was talking about how we are never complete enough to do the change we want to do—implying that we need each other to constantly give feedback. In fact, not giving feedback is an act of robbing others from growing. It’s so true but I would like to challenge that. I feel like I exist at the edge of incompetence as I put myself outside my comfort zone. I don’t see how I grow otherwise. Without all the thoughtful feedback I am constantly asking for, I wouldn’t have gone anywhere to be honest. At the same time, intuition matters. Some feedback robs us from pushing ourselves in ways we can’t even begin to understand. I am not sure how we can avoid being robbed and robbing others. Probably by setting clear intentions.
○ 1 Question
Can you feel how fun it must have been to design these?