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Type Porn: Twenty-Six Artists Reinvent The Letters Of The Alphabet

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Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) has opened a nice little exhibit sure to draw high-minded type aficionados and snotty-nosed kindergarteners in equal measure: It’s a showcase of each letter of the alphabet, diced, dyed, deconstructed, and otherwise shamelessly artified.

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The exhibit, Getting Upper, features 26 letters by 26 California artists and graphic designers. The high-minded explanation, per PMCA’s website:

Inspired by language-based experimentation and how it can unlock new avenues of cultural expression, Getting Upper curator Amos Klausner charged twenty-six designers with re-imagining a letter from the alphabet, using the illegibility and deconstructive nature of graffiti as their starting point. If “getting up” describes the recognition that a graffiti artist seeks through proliferate tagging, “getting upper” is the term that Klausner uses to suggest breaking free from history, from the global marketing culture that long-ago borrowed the best of the graffiti scene, and from legibility itself. The result is an alphabet that reconsiders our collective understanding of what a letter can be and how it functions to create language and meaning.

Now for the kindergartners’ explanation: ABCs! Fun! Yay! Wheeeeee!

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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