The annual web problem, 36 Days of Sort, finds new iterations yearly as a worldwide neighborhood of designers and artists reveals revolutionary methods to showcase the English alphabet and numerals. The place some flip to meals objects, cartoon characters and paper quilling to create the alphabet, for Chennai-based Arvind Sundar, 28, it’s artwork historical past.
In early 2020, Sundar created a mash-up of artwork historical past and typography for 36 Days of Sort. The alphabet takes on the signature kinds of well-known artists from the 14th to twenty first century, primarily from Europe and America. The letter A is formed within the type of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portraits, for example. Arcimboldo, a sixteenth century Milanese painter, was himself a grasp of mash-ups, portray human heads as assemblages of fruit, flowers and greens. A pear stands in as a nostril, and onions as ruddy cheeks. In Sundar’s collection, the typeface of the letter A pays homage to Arcimboldo, and is solely made up of fruits.
The ink collection is now obtainable as a e book, titled Artwork Historical past Typography (Rs 2,400, obtainable at http://www.floatingcanvas.co). It’s formatted like a kids’s e book, with the alphabet on one facet, and the consultant object on the opposite, resembling A for Apple or P for Pot. Right here, A is Arcimboldo and P is Jackson Pollock, with choices of their artwork offered as objects.
Sundar says that he selected this format as a result of he sees it not simply as a espresso desk e book but additionally as an academic device, as “a doorstep to artwork historical past”. Sundar graduated with an MFA from College of Cincinnati in 2018, and is a painter and designer with a eager curiosity in geometry, calligraphy and typography. Having taught at Loyola Faculty in Chennai for a few years, he says, “I don’t see a structured artwork schooling in India, particularly in regard to artwork historical past. Within the US, I’ve seen kindergarten lecturers taking kids to artwork museums. We don’t have it right here. I wished to fire up some curiosity in each adults and youngsters.” He cites the occasion of the letter U for Paolo Uccello, and hopes that his viewers might be compelled to learn up extra on one of many first painters of the Italian Renaissance, recognized for his obsession with perspective.
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The e book contains different artwork greats, resembling Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. Sundar’s typographic interpretations current these artists’ legacy in a nutshell. Some, resembling M for Agnes Martin, the twentieth century American abstractionist, are notably revolutionary. Sundar says, “With Agnes Martin it was the grids. As I’m a painter, I’m largely impressed by grids. I wished to have a powerful grid affect within the e book and that’s the rationale I selected Martin.”
The artists chosen on this artwork historical past primer had been based mostly on Sundar’s private favourites — he calls Pollock and Marin his polestars — and since their surnames match the alphabet. If audiences are in search of an version that includes Indian artwork historical past, they won’t be dissatisfied to be taught that Sundar has one within the making.
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