Language and duality explored in new exhibit

Type/Life, A Forest of Floating Typography, an installation by Nancy Froehlich, Nadra Moritz, Zvezdana Stojmirovic and Azin Valy opens this week in Fairbanks Hall. A reception and gallery talk will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Fairbanks Gallery.

Type/Life is a participatory installation involving the shifting meaning of language. The artists have expressed dualities of modern life in pairs of words printed on large floating balloons, in a dreamscape for interaction and reflection. Visitors can contribute by drawing their own lettering on blank balloons.

These artists ask you to get physical with language. The designers’ instructions to visitors say, “Walk through the forest of balloons, passing a typographic border on the floor. Shift your perspective. Consider your own lexicon of dualities. You may want to draw them on your own balloon and let it become part of the work. We invite you to wonder, reflect, engage and contribute.”

Nancy Froehlich is a photographer and graphic designer. She teaches graphic design at OSU. She recently completed her second stint in Vandh, a small village near Bhuj, India, teaching design basics to native craftswomen.

Nadra Moritz a graphic designer, lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her cultural complexity — Algerian-American-French, Indonesian, Austrian and Dutch, and her interests have lead her to collaborations with clients that span the geographic and creative world.

Zvezdana Stojmirovic teaches graphic design at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and is always on the lookout for ways to return to Belgrade, her hometown, as often as possible. Designing for Participatory Culture, her forthcoming book, co-authored with Helen Armstrong, is due out Fall 2011.

Azin Valy is a partner in I-Beam Design, an architecture firm in New York City. In September of 2010, I-Beam’s Pallet House, a humanitarian housing project, was featured in A Garden Party to Make a Difference, an exhibition in London hosted by the Prince of Wales.

For more information: Douglas Russell (541) 737-5009 or drussell@oregonstate.edu
Or see http://oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery

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