Inspired by language-based experimentation and how it can unlock new avenues of cultural expression, Getting Upper curator Amos Klausner charged twenty-six designers with each re-imagining a letter from the alphabet, using the illegibility and deconstructive nature of graffiti as their starting point. If "getting up" describes the recognition that a graffiti artist seeks through proliferate tagging, “getting upper” is the term that Klausner uses to suggest breaking free from history, from the global marketing culture that long-ago borrowed the best of the graffiti scene, and from legibility itself. The result is an alphabet that reconsiders our collective understanding of what a letter can be and how it functions to create language and meaning.
Graphic designers and artists featured in the exhibition include: Martin Venezky, Mike Giant, Rebecca Mendez, Kali Nikitas, Caryn Aono, Gail Swanlund, Eric Adigard, Mark Fox, Bob Aufuldish, Brian Singer, Michael Worthington, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Volume Inc., and more.
Each of the 26 letters has been published as a limited edition run of 100 silk-screened posters on 18"x 24" Mohawk paper 120# cover stock . The production of these posters has been made possible through the generous support of Mohawk Paper Mills and Bloom Press.