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.
Each of the 26 letters has been published as a limited edition run of 100 silk-screened posters and will be available for sale at the museum store and online.
This exhibition is curated by Amos Klausner.
Support for this exhibition has been provided by the PMCA Board of Directors.
In-kind support for this exhibition has been provided by Bloom Screen Printing Co. and Mohawk Paper Mills.
Lisa Anne Auerbach - Y
Rod Cavazos - X
Michael Worthington - H