Original sketchbook entry for Joe Root and OHP (Ya, you know me!), 2011

A Higherglyphics installation begins life in a sketch book. An idea forms and is laid to paper. The idea changes shape as it moves through iterations across pages. Like the work of Pablo Picasso, the images undergo metamorphosis as they slowly adopt changes, turning them from sketch to skew. The images that fill this evolutionary space take direction from the subconscious mind in the arch of preliminary development. With an unconscious beauty, no context to abide by or color to coordinate, these designs are free to take on their own being. Later, detail will be added but the layout happens with aid from the hand, not through it.

The pieces second stage of life exists contrary to the organic nature of the layout’s formation. The already created layout is loaded into the whirring machinery of a computer, to be printed at 20 percent scale. By allowing a computer to handle the scaling process, the original impression from the organic input is preserved and the refined architecture of content can be created within that subconsciously influenced layout.

Higherglyphics draws its style from ‘glyphic abstraction’, a highly stylized method of using vector graphics to ensure that each piece is infinitely scalable. From a business card to a skyscraper, the use of vector graphics ensures that there will be no loss of quality as the image gains size. The tradeoff for this infinite scalability is voluntary removal of minor graduation and color transitions. What remains after the layouts, scans, scales and prints, have been completed, is a glyphic abstraction with a clean look that can be applied to objects large and small, almost anywhere.

20 years ago when Keith Haring was creating brightly colored figures with simple forms that contrasted their complex messages, this process was completely unavailable. His work used a technique that allowed him to find fame through its simplicity without the use of vector graphics. My work on the Annex Stairwell Project took full advantage of the process described above. By using vector based images, I was able to provide the Erie Art Museum with a large scale art installation, accompanied with merchandising that shares the stairwell’s design.

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