The Columbia-born, France-based contemporary artist Ivan Argote works in a range of media that includes painting, photography, sculpture, and video. Little wonder I’d be partial to this recent poetic installation, “Excerpt: Tell me Lies”—which may look like a serendipitously fractured urban wall, but is, in fact, a carefully composed hybrid of architecture and text, realized in concrete, paint, polyurethane, and steel.
The British illustrator Charlotte Day has the unfair advantage of being a trained horticulturalist and a gifted draughtsperson—both of which serve her most conveniently when a spot of ‘botanical beautification’ is called for. Her alphabet suite of Edible Flowers features elegant typography emblazoned with exquisitely detailed images of edible flowers, each composition rendered expertly in gouache. Aside from their intrinsic prettiness, this A-Z collection offers some practical information for gardening novices: in a pinch, those violets, day lilies, and clusters of yarrow make for some good munching.
What’s an eco friendly font, anyway? One that requires less ink when printed, say Grey advertising agency and UK stationery company Ryman, who’ve teamed up to offer “the world’s most beautiful sustainable font” for free. Ryman Eco is a font comprised of a series of lines, as opposed to a solid line, a distinction indecipherable at font sizes up to 10 pt., but purported to save 30% in ink usage. As for what distinguishes Ryman Eco from other ‘green’ fonts, like 2009’s Ecofont, for instance, Grey and type designer Dan Rhatigan claim it requires less ink still, and looks beautiful even when enlarged. No argument here.
Handbag designer Kate Spade is entering the low-priced multiples art market with a series of 10 limited edition letterpress prints for the collecting, the first being this Exclamation Print, sized at 11×14″ and letterpress printed on matte stock. No word on how limited the edition is, but at $38, typophiles needn’t worry much.
Allen Grubesic’s mixed-media light box puts a more, well, exciting, spin on a standard exit sign.