Screen printed in Los Angeles using Pantone 355 ink (front) on Champion 7 oz cotton t-shirt with embroidered mark on sleeve. Inspired by vernacular graphics documented while walking and riding public transportation throughout the city — the namesake signage was found on an industrial strip in north Los Angeles.
All Fonts Are Bastards
Organized a lecture with Index, Dinamo: All Fonts Are Bastards (2022), at Other Means, New York. Johannes Breyer presented the studio and the ups and downs of navigating the independent type foundry game. Project realized with Dinamo, Johannes Breyer, Fabian Harb, Index, Elie Andersen, Other Means, Gary Fogelson, Phil Lubliner, and Ryan Waller.
Screen printed in Los Angeles using black ink (front) on Gildan Ultra Cotton long sleeve t-shirt with TAGBANGER demask woven label hand stitched inside. Typeset in Dinamo Janson Max. In semiotics, signified and signifier stand for the two main components of a sign, where signified pertains to the ‘plane of content,’ while signifier is the ‘plane of expression.’ The idea was first proposed in the work of Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure, one of the two founders of semiotics. The postmodernist social theorist Jean Baudrillard spoke of hyperreality, referring to a copy becoming more real than reality — in other words, how the signifier becomes more important than the signified.
TM Research Archive
Organized a lecture, Louise Paradis: Typografische Monatsblätter Research Archive (2022), with Index, New York. Paradis presented their work on 30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter. Project realized with Louise Paradis, Index, and Elie Andersen.
Design, art direction, and development of site for Arthur Ou. The project was a collaborative effort with New York-based artist Arthur Ou, Berton Hasebe, and Grant Hao-Wei Lin, to develop a multilingual site with all content in both Latin and Chinese script. Extra Mono typeface by Berton Hasebe.
Denise Scott Brown
NFT inspired by the work of Denise Scott Brown. Although Brown was among the most influential architects of the twentieth century, much of her work was misattributed to her partner, Robert Venturi. Brown initiated the study of Las Vegas, and the vernacular of the Mojave Desert city, along with the town of Tiruvannamalai in India (visited by Ettore Sottsass in the 1960s) both have a direct link to development of the postmodernism movement.
Design and art direction of edition for Primary Foundry. Open–Source is a collaboration between Primary Foundry and No Point Pencils, inspired by the burgeoning open-source software model of 1970s and 1980s. The A side of the object, a Musgrave carpenter pencil, is set in Authentic Sans, designed by Christina Janus and Desmond Wong, which was released by Authentic Business under the SIL Open Font License; the B side is set in News Gothic metal type using the in-house Kingsley Machine of Tom Kracauer and Tiffanie Tran. Made in USA.
NFT based on a weather-beaten decal on an F-150 pickup truck at a salvage yard in Los Angeles, as documented by artist Daniel Paul Schubert. The fragmentation of the decal mirrors both the Mexican diaspora throughout the USA, and the different states in Mexico where nearly countless migrations have begun.
Design and art direction of posters for the Ezequiel Olvera Court Space exhibition at Hermon Park in Northeast Los Angeles. The design has been appropriated from the Lawrence Weiner poster, Von Unten Gekippt Von Hinten Bedeckt (Tilted From Below Covered From The Rear), for the 1981 installation at Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst. The space between the exhibition title, Doubles Alley, is symbolic of the walkway between the actual tennis courts at Hermon Park.
Design and creative direction of logotype for Art Handler. In collaboration with Clynton Lowry, founder of the first and only publication to break down art world myths, created the standard logo, which is inspired by the Palfinger hydraulic liftgate company identity. The logo will be printed and embroidered on various apparel and objects, including quilted work jackets, as part of a series of editions by Art Handler.
Design and creative direction of Night Court embroidered cap. Typeset in TR Mono (unreleased) by Berton Hasebe, and embroidered by Platinum Stitches in Altadena on garment washed cotton chino twill cap, in an edition of 24, for the Court Space installation at Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) with Gozié Ojini — curated by Ezequiel Olvera.
Design of Schriftsystem, a fixed-width typeface based on the analog writing system (1887) of Friedrich Soennecken, and the Metafont Program (1979) of Donald Knuth. Schriftsystem has 112 glyphs with basic Latin characters, lining figures, punctuation and symbols, and includes 3 styles: Regular, Stencil, and Stencil Fine.
Dinamo California Tour
Design and art direction of California tour posters, typeset in Whyte Regular and Super Inktrap. In collaboration with Dinamo, organized a California tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles that included presentations at CCA, CalArts and ArtCenter, and a two-day workshop at Southland Institute. Project realized with Johannes Breyer, Fabian Harb, Jon Sueda, David Karwan, Colin Frazer, Stephen Serrato, and Joe Potts.
Design and art direction of a proposal, Precision Level, for Art Handler. The project came out of an interest in the language of ‘privilege,’ a misnomer, and how to address double standards on the basis of economics (classism) and ancestry (racism) through use of critical thinking to work towards equality. The precision level, used primarily in laboratory settings, was chosen to symbolize this work. Initiated in March 2019, more than a year before global protests in May 2020, the (rejected) proposal foresees the coming unrest because of unresolved historic inequalities in our culture.
Design and art direction of posters for Skylar Haskard exhibition at Human Resources. In addition to the solo exhibition, Recess 2019, Haskard curated a group exhibition in the project galleries with: Sara Clendening, Vanessa Conte, Marte Eknæs, Birgit Rathsmann, and Erlea Maneros Zabala.
Four Over One
In collaboration with designer Jonathan Maghen, Four Over One is structured around artist Phil Chang’s interest in how new outcomes arise from tension between perceived and actual forms of value. The photographs that appear in the book were created using expired photographic materials exposed by an archival book scanner. Published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Spilling Hot Gossip
Collaboration with Charlie White and design of poster and signed takeaway for the exhibition Spilling Hot Gossip at Oslo Kunstforening. Spilling Hot Gossip continued the exhibition of works from the Girl Studies Series, including the film American Minor, and cartoon OMG BFF LOL. White signed SHG posters at Printed Matter, Inc.