Offset lithograph on paper (metallic bronze)
76 × 112 cm
Edition of 10 + 1 AP
250gsm acid free archival 100% rag neutral pH
Signed and numbered by the artist
Featuring the NON Section typeface available from Formist Foundry
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 is an artist, publisher and designer working in in Gadigal/Wangal country, Sydney, Australia. He is the director of Formist, a publisher, type foundry and graphic design studio, specialising in books, typefaces and cultural and commercial commissions. Gowing is also co-founder of the groundbreaking music arts organisation Longform Editions. With a practice spanning more than 30 years, Gowing has produced projects for leading organisations and institutions with a passionate focus on visual art and language, design, film and music. He 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.