This work was done by Robin Gebhart in Seattle
in 2016 for the session “DESIGN: Deconstructing the
Grid” in PRIMITIVE TO MODERN. In her own words:
As I remember this piece, it was towards the end of
Reggie’s Primitive to Modern class and we were asked
to bring a short quote, a simple image to go with
the quote and a long list of supplies to class.
Those of us who like a little time to think about
the direction of our projects saw warning lights in
our heads. We had no choice though, we had to trust
Following along in class, I made a decision with the
lettering to go against the traditional western
standard of reading text from left to right, moving
down the page to instead placing the words in a left
to right, rising format.
It makes the viewer pause for just a moment
and slow down – even though the text is very short.
By doing this, I
hoped that the text reflected the content both in aspiration and
thinking outside a comfort zone.|
The image of space was an obvious one, but what to do with the image?
I started with the radial lines and then hit a wall. Reggie noticed
that I needed some inspiration and he reminded me of an artist he had
earlier introduced to the class, Jesse Allen. After viewing images of
Allen’s work on Reggie’s computer, I had an interesting solution to
the visual problem and went to work creating strange amoeboid images
to complete the piece. It was fun to have other classmates get a
little shocked by the visual punch as they walked by my table.
Thank you Reggie. With your help this was a fun, engaging,
challenging, spontaneous and wonderfully stress-free class project.
Shouldn’t have worried at all!