Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Up in neon lights
It's no secret that i love words, typography and a splash of colour. So it shouldn't be any surprise to you that when I stumbled across the work of Italian artist Maurizio Nannucci I felt an instant connection. I'm a little surprised I haven't come across his work earlier - his work would have been the perfect reference for a graphic design student studying in the mid 1990s. The above 'idea' installation would have been a great reference point to start with for our first year project to design a logo from your initials (i still shudder at the the thought). Pity the internet wasn't round to make the introduction!
What I really love is that Nannucci's career has taken him from studying fine art in Florence and Berlin in the 1960s to working as a set designer for experimental theatre, exploring the connection between language, typography and image and then introducing sound to his installations. His first Neon Lights installation was exhibited in 1967. He then founded publishing house Exempla. And then in the 1990s he again began exploring his interest in typography, architecture and the urban landscape. His work is held in some of the best museums world wide.
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