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Our final exhibition Show RCA 2011 opens tonight. I am exhibiting GhostType/We Do Big Things, a projection of a computer program that degrades typefaces over time on top of a large typographic mural. Full caption text is below along with pictures.
GhostType/We Do Big Things
Inspired by the ephemeral and environmental nature of ghost signs—faded, hand-painted advertisements often found on the sides of buildings—GhostType is a programme that digitally degrades type and attempts to mark the perfection of the digital with the passage of time. We Do Big Things is an exhibition platform for the programme. As Sam Roberts wrote in an article on ghost signs, its basic purpose is ‘informing people of the existence of the products advertised.’ The phrase itself comes from a Barack Obama speech theme and e-mail subject line. The choice to use it is both a nod to my American background and simply, as stated, a reference to the size of the work itself.