AMERICAN TYPES

AMERICAN TYPES  in progress, Portland studio, 1995

AMERICAN TYPES

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. 

AMERICAN TYPES

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

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

AMERICAN TYPES

AMERICAN TYPES  1996

AMERICAN TYPES

AMERICAN TYPES  1996

AMERICAN TYPES

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

AMERICAN TYPES

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

AMERICAN TYPES

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