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Mark Gowing ‘Distance’
LIMITED EDITION lithograph

$350.00 USD

Mark Gowing
Distance, 2020
From the Frequency series

Limited edition of 10
Offset lithograph on paper (metallic bronze) 
76 × 112 cm
250gsm acid free archival 100% rag neutral pH

Printed by Big Fag Press
Signed and numbered by the artist

Gowing’s abstracted geometric typesettings subvert the conventional written word to create new combinations of form and language. The work employs a type system of formally deconstructed letterforms that combine with typographic statements to create frequency fields. These typographic statements are rhythmic and textural interventions that elegantly abstract our agreed system of language marks, questioning our innate understanding of reading and comprehension. The frequency of these visual fields creates an illusion of movement and vibration—like an optical form of expression, the works seem to dance with depth and texture. Gowing’s view from outside our standardised language systems provides a kind of alien perspective and lends new meanings to existing writings.

Distance features a text describing the history and practicalities of social distancing. In reference to the disjointed lives we have all been forced to lead, the text is constructed using a typeface made from dissected geometric shapes—circles, triangles and squares. The resulting work is a field of parts that make larger parts, within the larger whole. The negative spaces create an active tension that provides the link between language and geometry.


Mark Gowing (born 1970). Lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Gowing has developed his own visual language through more than 30 years of rigorous art and design practice. His passionate involvement in the publishing and arts industries has resulted in a wealth of experience in design, visual arts, content curation, publishing and product development. Gowing has been honoured with solo exhibitions at the 22nd International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, Poland, the Divieto d’Affissione in Turin, Italy and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Gowing is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and his work is held in numerous institutional collections including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, USA.