Getting Upper: Graphic Designers and Artists Reconsider the Alphabet

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 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. 

This exhibition is curated by Amos Klausner.