Installation view of the front of the gallery.
1. Fernweh German; feeling homesick for a place you have never been to
2. Ya’aburnee - Arabic; literal translation: “you bury me;" one’s hope that they will die before another, as life without them is unbearable to imagine
3. Komorebi - Japanese; the sort of scattered, dappled light effect that happens when sunlight shines in through trees
4. Tsundoku - Japanese; the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piling it together with other such unread books
5. Age-Otori - Japanese; to look worse after a haircut
6. L’appel Du Vide - French; the call of the void; an instinctive urge to jump from a high place
(Back view) 8. Ilunga - Tshiluba (Southwest Congo); one who is ready to forgive and forget any first abuse, tolerate the second, but never the third
11. Mångata - Swedish; the roadlike reflection of the moonlight on the water
Print collateral: Poster with curatorial essay by Jamilee Polson Lacy, and "Types" short story by Claire Keys
Types by Display
November 13 - December 13, 2014
A+D Gallery, Columbia College Chicago
Typography, and its many types, is instrumental in communicating things of all types. In the visual world that makes up much of our information age, types of letters, types of words, types of language, types of meanings, types of stories, and so on, all gain significance by way of typography.
Types, a site-specific exhibition designed by Display, a revolving design collective and artistic rubric led by Katherine Walker with Claire Keys and Ken Frederick, presents an exploration of typography as it embodies multiple methods of literary and visual communication, including print design, signage, environmental graphics, and more. Using Keys’ fictional vignettes featuring untranslatable foreign words as inspirational content, Display has transformed the gallery space into a physically all-encompassing installation to demonstrate typography’s incredible ability to simultaneously encompass the linguistic, literary, and visual arts.
Display is a revolving collective of contemporary artists, graphic designers, and other interdisciplinary cultural producers founded by Katherine Walker. For this project, Display includes Ken Frederik, Claire Keys, and Katherine Walker.
Ken Frederick lives and works in San Francisco, California. Currently, he is a creative lead at Google’s Brand Studio. Additionally, he is part of a Munich collective producing works at the intersection of music, interaction, and technology. Previously, he was an associate creative director at frog in Munich, Germany, and worked at KMS-Team in Munich, Germany, and Landor in San Francisco. He has lead and developed print, brand identities, and packaging systems for a variety of clients, including Audi, Siemens, Barclays, and Old Spice, among others. Frederick holds a design degree from Northern Kentucky University, and attended the Fachhochschule München in Munich, Germany. http://kennethfrederick.de
Claire Keys lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she is a writer and an editor. She has worked on copy campaigns for Michael Kors, Estée Lauder, and Calvin Klein. Her editorial work has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Gothamist, and Chicagoist, among others, and she has collaborated with Cris Cheek to produce RESIDENCE, a book of illustrative poetry. Keys holds a degree in English and creative writing from Miami University in Ohio, and studied book and magazine publishing as well as creative media at New York University.
Katherine Walker lives and works in San Francisco, California. Currently, she is a senior designer for Google’s Brand Studio. Previously, she was associate creative director at VSA Partners in Chicago. She is a co-founder of Quite Strong, an all-female design collaborative focusing on community-oriented events and empowering creatives. Formerly, she served on the AIGA Chicago board and was director of the organization’s mentor program. In addition to showing her work in various exhibitions and lectures throughout the United States, she has taught at DePaul University. Her work has been recognized in Dwell, AIGA 365, STA Archive, UnderConsideration, Computer Arts, TimeOut, and Communication Arts, among others. Walker holds a degree in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.