Gordon Young

17 10 2011

After getting my Master’s Degree in Philosophy I was stunned. No jobs! In philosophy! Well… back to school. I decided to be trained in the oldest trade of man… except one. Computer Typesetting. The first trade to be unionized. I could smell the big money. And then disaster. I graduated. And word processing came into existence. And virtually destroyed this wonderful trade. So you cannot imagine how shocked I was to see someone make art out of typography. Gordon Young.

Gordon Young is a visual artist who focuses on creating art for the public domain. His work ranges from sculptures to typographic pavements for places as disrelated as government headquarters and village squares.‘ That’s what it says on his sight. Really. I looked at his work. And I believe it. Though I wonder if it is as wonderful as it is made out. Now I know where hop-scotch came from. (That’s an orphan. Typographical pun. Sort of.)

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People can’t help themselves.

17 10 2011

People can’t help themselves. They see one. On the mantlepiece. On a table. In a box. They pick it up. And shake it. And then smile. At the snow flying at whatever scene is depicted inside. As if they were God shaking life. Snow globes/shakers are not art. But what are they? These ornaments. Kitsch. Where do they fit into what we might call the human experience? If aliens landed and picked up one of these things. Would they shake it? Would they be delighted? Or would it fly under the radar of their understanding? One thing you can say about them. They’re round.

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