Work of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr
SO ya, it's not an infographic. But hey! It's my blog. During my graduate studies at NSCAD I took on the role as a research assistant for the genius letterpress guru Joe Landry. I've done printmaking before but not letterpress. I found out that I love it. It has that rustic and vintage look. The great thing about letterpress is you get to actually see the human hand while printing and it is possible to individualize. What I mean is that each print could look slightly different due to over-inking, under-inking, different color mixes. No two prints could be the same. We live in a society where individualization or customization is king which illustrates the strength of letterpress.
During my stay I was tasked to design the layout for Amos Paul Kennedy Jr's gallery show. Here's a link to his beautiful work HERE. Amos' work is bold and fun with a serious note. He is not afraid to be in your face with what he is saying. He does what designers strive to do all the time. I truly respect the man and his work. So you can imagine how I felt when I was told I will be designing the layout for his show at the Anna Leonowens gallery. Of course I did not work alone I had multiple professors guiding me when I was stuck and offering suggestions. The letterpress gang also helped me setup the masterpieces.
I spoke to Amos about how he would like his work laid out and he wanted it to be sporadic. Essentially, he didn't want a traditional approach. However, I had to be careful because the show is about his work not my layout design; I needed to complement his work and his ideas. I ended up taking inspiration from posters hung on poles around the city. They are sporadic in nature. However, there still needs to be some structure. We divided the work into bulks to let the white space of the wall act as negative space for the eye to rest. Each grouping was a repeat of the first. We made them look different by moving the first row to the end. The posters were hang using magnets. We purchased metal tracks and screwed them into the wall. This ensured minimal wall repair and protected the work from any punctures of pins or staples. It also meant it was easy and quick to take the show down for after.
My respect goes out to Amos Paul Kennedy Jr, Joe Landry, the professors of NSCAD, the Letterpress Gang, and all letterpress artists.