'Com Des Salon' Poster Sculptures

A sculptural poster series developed as part of my continuing research into the effect of three-dimensionality on the traditionally two-dimensional field of graphic design. The posters are made out of over 500 laser-cut acrylic pieces that were hand-assembled and manually attached to painted wooden backgrounds.

The series explores different aspects of dimensionality, particularly its effect on typography hierarchy and information understanding, as well as what Pragmatist John Dewey describes as an ‘aesthetic experience’ with the spatial quality allowing the audience to experience the posters from different viewpoints and angles, revealing each time new information and parts of the artwork.

When developing the poster sculptures it was of great importance to retain a high level of functionality compared to traditional posters to keep the work within the design, rather than art, domain — starting from the structure and relevancy of the information presented to layout, type and color.

This poster series was developed as part of the ‘Com Des Salon’ meetings. As a long-time admirer of historical salons, particularly in the early 20th century Germany, I always had a desire to start something similar. Within the GSA Communication Design Master’s program I found like-minded group of students that have since gathered to discuss design ideas and share knowledge. The visual language stems from that historical inspiration by referencing the great designers of the past from Bauhaus to Bruno Munari with the three ‘sacred’ design shapes of circle, square, and triangle. Photographed by Leda Bartolucci.

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