AMERICAN TYPES series

AMERICAN TYPES in progress, Portland studio, 1995

AMERICAN TYPES series

Each canvas represents a detail from the 1941 edition of The Book of American Types, a type specimen catalog published annually by the American Type Foundry of Elizabeth, NJ. The typesetter for the catalog faced an unusual problem: not which font to use to showcase the words, but which words to use to showcase the font. Concrete poetry using language to sell lead type. Since typography has no native scale, I made each canvas in two sizes, then applied this logic to the two-volume set of books I made of my project.

AMERICAN TYPES series

JOB/GIRL  enamel screenprint on gessoed canvases of two sizes, 60" x 28" x 1.5", 1995

I made all the paintins in two sizes because language has no correct scale. It's opportunistic. It adapts & evolves. In a similar spirit, I made the books about the project to correspond to this play of scale ...

AMERICAN TYPES series

AMERICAN TYPES  blind emboss on French-folded pages with offset litho, 2-volume set, 1996

AMERICAN TYPES series

AMERICAN TYPES 1996

AMERICAN TYPES series

AMERICAN TYPES  1996

AMERICAN TYPES series

RIGID FRAME/DIRT HIGHWAYS  enamel screenprint on gessoed canvas, 48" x 48" x 1.5", 1995

AMERICAN TYPES series

AUTOCRACY/COMPETITION  enamel screenprint on gessoed canvas, 54" x 30" x 1.5", 1995

AMERICAN TYPES series

NICHE  enamel screenprint on gessoed canvas, 53" x 32" x 1.5", 1995