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The typographic examples reminded me of the layering of ash – making reference to the FMP Title and Subject ‘Beauty for Ashes’. Volcanic soils are very fertile when they have had the chance to weather and start to break down and release their nutrients, and this understanding can be interpreted in the spiritual life of a Christian also, translating the act of exchanging ashes and receiving beauty – life, glory, purity, cleansing – laying down burdens and the past to bring about an inner transformation of true life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
These rugged examples of typographic street art depicts a rough chipping away, removal or maybe hidden messages. This style of layering of paper and natural materials worn away by nature and torn away by the over paste of contents could work as a visual representation of identity itself.
The natural wear and tear of life and the day to day labeling of goods, actions and lifestyles can be seen by these very raw pieces.
Looking at more typographic outcomes, rather than portraiture design pieces has just as much depth and connection to the inner expressions of people. These examples bring about more depth in thought for meaning because of the wave of expressive marks, tears and movements with the reduction of self imagery – eliminating facial expressions that can lead to more obvious suggestions of mood and feeling.
C215 – Urban Artist – These illustrations are a very effective representation of what i would like to achieve. C215′s illustrations composed with background text from newspapers and books work very well to tell a story of what the person is saying, feeling and thinking.
This draws me to the idea of using pages of the Bible with specific quotations of scripture highlighted by those who have filled in the ‘Beauty for Ashes’ questionnaire creating a strong narrative relative to the individual with their portraits fused into the pages, depicting who they are, what they think feel and desire to aspire to.
‘Minjae Lee is a young South Korean artist whose work expresses a semi-disturbing inner tension that is tough to ignore, even if you feel that you’d like to. It draws you in with its powerful colours, halting imagery and clever juxtaposition of beauty, innocence and fragility with brash, loud and aggressiveness. The 19-year old artist is mainly self-taught and uses old-fashioned tools — such as markers, pens, crayons, acrylics — to create his illustrations. He has yet to break into commercial success, but as his style is developing and improving each time new images appear, we will likely see a lot of him in the future.What characterizes his work overall is drama. The ethereal females that populate most of his work exude a dark, organic tension, and it seems that even the brightest marker colors do not quite manage to save them from some sort of looming peril. Or are we, the viewers, in fact, the ones who are in danger? Whatever the case, we are drawn in, interacting on an emotional level, surprised, looking for something. Minjae Lee’s penchant for dramatic expression is clear also in the work of those he admires. His favourite photographer is the 55-year-old Japanese Hiroshi Nonami, whose women are equally capable of telling a dramatic, dark story. Not surprisingly, Lee’s favorite fashion designer is the king of runway drama, the Gibraltar-born, 49-year-old John Galliano.‘
Gabriel Moreno’s work explores the imagination and has forms of metamorphosis wrapped within the portraits. Gabriel creates a sea of flowing creativity with strong ink illustrations and water colours. I love these illustrations and they embody the inner being of a persons imagination, emotion and expression through projecting these things into the mould of the face and flowing outwards with fine lines and waves like water.
‘Gabriel Moreno does beautiful work with such basic materials: a pen and a brush. His illustrations begin in black and white, upon which Moreno builds, adding layers of color and images of other places and people tattooed into their skin. Flowers, birds, and faces organically expand from his subjects, as if a rush of creativity, or a dream, is escaping them.‘ http://beautifuldecay.com/2010/08/05/gabriel-moreno/