Shannon Ebner. A Public Character

Shannon Ebner

A Public Character

A cat­a­logue of the per­for­mance, video and word artist Shan­non Ebner ac­com­pa­ny­ing a mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tion in Miami picks out var­i­ous ty­po­graph­i­cal el­e­ments from her work. The re­sult is the vir­tu­ally seam­less trans­po­si­tion of the art into the book medium, with the de­signer ap­pear­ing as a book artist in the tra­di­tional sense. For ex­am­ple, dif­fer­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the let­ter A in black and white - which Ebner iso­lates from signs, ad­ver­tis­ing posters, build­ing sig­nage, and so on, and then rein­tro­duces into the pub­lic space on posters - are placed on uncut, twice-folded sheets so that an A stands on each page in the book. As a re­sult, the fun­da­men­tal com­po­nents of the book and the process of its cre­ation are made clearly vis­i­ble. In an­other sec­tion of the book, a nar­row, tall paper work by Ebner with black text is di­vided hor­i­zon­tally into seg­ments, each oc­cu­py­ing a dou­ble page in the book, so that the work is re­con­sti­tuted as the reader leafs through. The con­trast­ing blacks and whites char­ac­ter­is­tic of a num­ber of the works are re­flected in the ty­pog­ra­phy of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing es­says, pro­vid­ing echoes of the ‘noir' genre.

Alex Gartenfeld, Miami (USA)
Julia Born, Zürich
DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
ICA, Miami (USA); ROMA Publications, Amsterdam (NL)
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