St Heliers Street Gallery: Brave Face Typographic Exhibition
In Old School New School's (ONSN) latest exhibition, 'Brave Face', 11 different lettering artists have come together to explore how slow typography pushes them to experiment and create with courage. Slow typography is an approach that aims to put value back onto craftsmanship, hard work, and originality.
As creatives today, we measure success and perfection almost impulsively from the palm of our hands. We are flooded with seemingly effortless visual solutions through neatly packaged Instagram photos, disregarding a sense of process, struggle or craftsmanship. Gratification and success are measured by likes and follows – pressure, comparison, and self-consciousness ensue. In a saturated field of perfectionists, how do we push beyond these social pressures and past our own high expectations to create typographic perfection? Perhaps the answer is not in results but in the process.
The exhibition reveals process and shows how using both head and hands is an engaging human experience beyond the screen. We are both creatively and physically active, challenging these expectations of perfection and working through a considered process in order to achieve skillful and original solutions.
Witness the precision it takes to design exhibition-ready word-mark with live brush-lettering on the opening night and our exhibitioners’ numerous rounds of hand-drawn drafts on display.
Guests will be able to purchase the artworks as well as limited edition prints – 50 per cent of proceeds from prints sold at 'Brave Face' will be donated to Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, who provide mental health and study services for 12 – 25 year olds.
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