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David Wolske: Vessels Staff Pick

When: March 25-April 17 2015
Price: free
SaltLakeArts.org
"As a professional typographic designer, it's my job to bring visual clarity to other people's ideas and information," David Wolske says. It's true that he does this, but in bringing visual clarity to typographic design, Wolske is also an undisputed artist in his own right and a master in this field. Currently at Finch Lane Gallery, Wolske's work features what he does best: making the letters of words beautiful. Wolske creates text while also bringing it to new levels, creating an art form out of traditional typeset lettering and through his own invention. "Words are vessels that contain and transport thought, sentiments, opinions and convictions across time, space and cultures," Wolske says. In this show, he demonstrates his creation of an abstract language and an "isotype" technique, which he developed in 2012. By "isolating and layering the vertical, horizontal, diagonal and curved components," he says, he is able to focus on the structural components of the letters to encourage new readings. For example, "Vessel M-1," using only components of the letters W, O, R and D, registers as playful and exotic. "Vessel M-3" seems lush, rich and serene, where "Vessel No. 1" (pictured) feels enigmatic, kinetic and intense. It is surely the case that if Wolske's isotypes register so clearly, then there's much truth to his statement that "words are vessels." Moreover, he demonstrates that words are an art form that contain and transport ideas and meanings across color, shape and line. (Ehren Clark)

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