David Wolske's "Iterations" exhibition opens at Artspace111

David Wolske smiling, white background
David Wolske

Artspace111 presents three new exhibitions from May 11 through June 17, 2023, including David Wolske, CVAD assistant professor in Communication Design: Graphic Design. Wolske's work emphasizes and complements the artistic merit of the other artists, Kaima Marie Akarue and Benjamin Muñoz, while showcasing each artist's unique processes.

Exhibition: May 11–June 17, 2023
Opening reception: May 11, 5–7:30 p.m.  |  Rsvp to reception
Artspace111, 111 Hampton Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Wolske combines contemporary and historical processes to transform letters, numbers, and punctuation into visual poetry. His compositions explore conceptual dichotomies by merging digital design tools with letterpress and fine art printmaking traditions, inviting viewers to create interpretations.

Colorful letters
"Ambigram" by David Wolske

Central to Wolske's art is an innovative printing technique he created, which he refers to as "isotype" printing — a combination of the words "isolate" and "type." This groundbreaking method allows Wolske to manipulate the fundamental components of letters, such as stems, bowls, and serifs, to craft a distinct language characterized by its dynamic vocabulary. The resulting compositions delve into conceptual dichotomies, including control versus chaos, symmetry in contrast to asymmetry, and the interplay between harmony and dissonance.

Wolske's interdisciplinary practice features two distinct modes of working: controlled methods that translate digital compositions into handmade prints incorporating his collection of antique wood and metal types., and improvisation on his Vandercook proofing presses, which fosters curiosity-driven unpredictability and propels his practice forward.

David Wolske (b. 1975 in Hobart, Ind.) is a typo/graphic designer, artist, and educator. His interdisciplinary practice combines the traditions of letterpress and printmaking with digital tools and design thinking. Wolske’s work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. He is the IS Projects 2021 Exhibiting Artist Resident; a 2020 LHM Educator Fellow at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography at ArtCenter College of Design; the College Book Art Association 2018 Emerging Educator; 2016 Visiting Artist at Hatch Show Print; and a 2014 Utah Visual Arts Fellow.

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