Park, Ji Yong (2009) Hell-vetica. [Visual Artwork]


Helvetica (connotes Swiss typeface) has been used the most widely from street signs to government campaign posters since 1957. Helvetica represents a great leap forward for modernity: clean, sans-serif, optimistic. However in history, there was a movement against Helvetica among American artists and designers since David Carson and Paula Scher indicted Helvetica as the cause of Vietnam war. Paradoxically, we celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007. Helvetica’s message it this: “you are going to get to your destination on time; your plan will not crash; your money is safe in our vault; we will not break the package; the paperwork has been filled in; everything is going to be OK” (Finlo Rohrer, Helvetica At 50, BBC News Magazine 9 May 2007). The artwork, Hell-vetica describes its characteristic of double agent for modernism and postmodernism in this contemporary era by combination of a stylised graphical form of a heart shape in red and a typographical manipulation - Hell-vetica.

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ID Code: 29585
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Digital Illustration
Measurements or Duration: 590mm (h) x 590mm (w)
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: Full colour Print
Publisher: 2009 Bangkok International Invitational Exhibition
Location: From date: To date:
Bangkok Gallery, Thailand 2009-02-11 2009-02-14
Keywords: Helvetica , typography, font
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Ji Yong Park
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2010 22:10
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:10

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