Idiosyncracities —Typographic DNA of Place

New Works by Pauline Clancy and Richard McElveen

Accademia Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy
Opening on Tuesday September 26 2017 from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition continues until Friday October 6 2017

This exhibition brings together the work of two International designer makers who share a passion for typography and language. The ubiquitous nature of lettering and typography in Irish towns and cities offer a representation of both visual landscape and cultural heritage. These marks and glyphs, both analogue and digital as they appear contextualised in their environment become semantic guides and cultural signifiers informing identity and place.

This exhibition examines typographic markers positioned in the graphic environment of Northern and Southern Ireland, focusing on the two capital cities of Belfast and Dublin and the connecting arterial route. Geographically located one hundred miles apart and politically situated in different states, Belfast and Dublin however, share a rich, varied socio-culture heritage. This work explores intrinsic accidental and intentional typographic markers—inter alia, shop signs, way finding, ghost lettering, graphical interfaces, train stations and religious markers. It explores notions of identity and place, national and cultural identity and
examines typographic nuances and idiosyncrasies. Through the mapping and re-contextualising of the typographic environment from Belfast to Dublin, 26 points/locations were selected and a letterfom from each one was re-created enabling a 26 letter alphabet to formulate. By divorcing the letterforms from their original environment, they are presented as a new visual representation of the original. This exhibition presents this research through a series of screenprints and digital outputs. Richard McElveen is curentlly a design practitioner and Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at IADT Dún Laoghaire Dublin. He is an active practice-led researcher seeking to further examine Design and Typographic practice, making explicit connections between craft, research, theory, history, criticism and pedagogy. Co-founder of Re:Collection, an ongoing initiative to develop an archive of notable graphic design and advertising material produced in Northern Ireland. Founder of Designer Dialogue an established national and international graphic design network with a programme of exhibitions and guest speakers. ISTD Assessor in Dublin and London. Pauline Clancy is currently studying a PhD and is an Associate Lecturer in BDes Hons Art and Design at Ulster University, Belfast. She is an Associate Fellow of the Research Institute of Art and Design at Ulster where current practice-led research explores the area of language and typography. In 2013, she graduated with MFA in Multidisciplinary Design (Graphic Design) from Ulster. She is a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers and a member of Belfast Print Workshop

This exhibition brings together the work of two International designer makers who share a passion for typography and language. The ubiquitous nature of lettering and typography in Irish towns and cities offer a representation of both visual landscape and cultural heritage.
These marks and glyphs, both analogue and digital as they appear contextualised in their environment become semantic guides and cultural signifiers informing identity and place.
This exhibition examines typographic markers positioned in the graphic environment of Northern and Southern Ireland, focusing on the two capital cities of Belfast and Dublin and the connecting arterial route. Geographically located one hundred miles apart and politically situated in different states, Belfast and Dublin however, share a rich, varied socio-culture heritage. This work explores intrinsic accidental and intentional typographic markers—inter alia, shop signs, way finding, ghost lettering, graphical interfaces, train stations and religious markers. It explores notions of identity and place, national and cultural identity and
examines typographic nuances and idiosyncrasies. Through the mapping and re-contextualising of the typographic environment from Belfast to Dublin, 26 points/locations were selected and a letterfom from each one was re-created enabling a 26 letter alphabet to formulate. By divorcing the letterforms from their original environment, they are presented as a new visual representation of the original. This exhibition presents this research through a series of screenprints and digital outputs. Richard McElveen is curentlly a design practitioner and Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at IADT Dún Laoghaire Dublin. He is an active practice-led researcher seeking to further examine Design and Typographic practice, making explicit connections between craft, research, theory, history, criticism and pedagogy. Co-founder of Re:Collection, an ongoing initiative to develop an archive of notable graphic design and advertising material produced in Northern Ireland. Founder of Designer Dialogue an established national and international graphic design network with a programme of exhibitions and guest speakers. ISTD Assessor in Dublin and London. Pauline Clancy is currently studying a PhD and is an Associate Lecturer in BDes Hons Art and Design at Ulster University, Belfast. She is an Associate Fellow of the Research Institute of Art and Design at Ulster where current practice-led research explores the area of language and typography. In 2013, she graduated with MFA in Multidisciplinary Design (Graphic Design) from Ulster. She is a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers and a member of Belfast Print Workshop.