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27 February 2011

Physikalische Typografie

This is a situation where the German language -- not French, nor Italian and certainly not English, really captures the feeling and nuance of a work of art most eloquently. Physikalische Typografie* means "Typography of Physics."

I like that much better than my prosaic versions:
  • An Alphabet of Physics Diagrams?
  • Creatively Capturing Fonts with Physics- truly awful!
  • 26 Physical Letters- not too bad.
This post is about physics-student-turned artist MunnaOnTheRun, and the story of his rather abrupt transition to artiste and graphic designer. The catalyst for his transformation was quite literally the Unified Field Theory of Physics. MunnaOnTheRun, and Wikipedia, refer to it as The Theory of Everything. It is (a yet to be proven theory) linking all known physical phenomena. Albert Einstein was intent on tracking it down in the last decade of his life.


MunnaOnTheRun was an enthusiastic student. Unfortunately he was also a miserable failure in physical science coursework, by his own admission.

World Year of Physics || {Physics + Typography} by Munna

Now, fast forward in time. 2005 was designated World Year of Physics in commemoration of Einstein's Theory of Relativity centennial. MunnaOnTheRun wanted to create a typeface from physics diagrams for the event.

This is the story of his success, in the artist's own words:
After months of research... I finally got hold of 26 diagrams that looked liked the letters of the alphabet. This poster literally transported me into a parallel universe. I sent this around to graphic designers .... With no formal training in art, and nothing to show for except badly drawn doodles, I started believing that I could make art.

Physics changed everything for me.
* The website ILoveGraffiti coined that pithy phrase, Physikalische Typografie.

19 February 2011

Art Basel Miami Features Building Blocks

Friends with You

"FriendsWithYou is proud to present Building Blocks ... Known for their reductive approach to geometric abstraction and playful imagery, Building Blocks introduces a series of paintings, executed in the artists' customary style."

"Rather than merely flat wall pieces, these ... are two-dimensional extensions of sculptural, graphical and experiential installation works. They are quasi portraits. The abstraction of human visage allows viewers to project their own emotions."

"Continuing the interactive focus, the air inflated sculptures experiment with ... relational artwork."

The Building Blocks exhibit opened during the first week of December 2010.

It runs for several months longer, at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, in the Miami Design District of North Miami Beach in South Florida.