Inkjet prints and tracing paper, 24″x36″, 2016

Infogestion: Am More than Four, 2017

This series is a collection of my personal responses to various readings assigned during an English Modern Literature course in 2016. Each poster represents a month of responses (containing at least 4 short writings and a few essays). I really enjoyed this class as many writings inspired other projects. It really opened my eyes to artistic qualities and techniques of writers/poets. However, the course was no walk in the park in regard to assignment quantity. I am in no way an English major so there were times where I felt completely congested with word and analysis — hence the title, Info-gestion. Initial titles that emerged from the overlapping were: (1) Moments (2) by Parts (3) of the Year.

The first 3 pictured with tracing overlays spell out “infogestion” in the the cut-outs (using Mend typeface letterforms). The 4th poster was compiled the following semester. This one stood out from the previous 3 as far as timing and my responses. The title that emerged, “Am More than Four,” aligned with my overall thesis of piecing together various accounts of the same happening to display a fuller (or complex) picture. At the conclusion of my literature class, I allowed time to pass before revisiting and no longer felt the tracing paper to be necessary.

Related Project: Mend Typeface

Portion of readings/listenings if you’re interested:
(B = book)

  • Andy Warhol:
    • POPism (B)
    • “What Is Pop Art?”
    • The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (B)
  • Bessie Smith:
    • “Jailhouse Blues”
    • “St. Louis Blues”
  • Charles Baudelaire:
    • “Modernity,” from “The Painter of Modern Life” (B)
    • Flowers of Evil (B)
  • Frank O’Hara:
    • “Having a Coke with You”
    • “Music”
  • Gertrude Stein:
    • “A Transatlantic Interview”
    • Tender Buttons (B)
  • Gwendolyn Brooks:
    • Essential Gwendolyn Brooks (B)
    • “A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi.
      Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon.”
    • “The Mother”
  • Herbert Marcuse: “The Affirmative Character of Culture,” in Negations (B)
  • Langston Hughes:
    • “The Weary Blues”
    • “Cat and the Saxophone (2 AM)”
    • “The Negro Artist and The Racial Mountain” (1926)
    • “Cross”
  • Matei Calinescu: Five Faces of Modernity,
    Chapter 1 “The Idea of Modernity,” 13-41 (B)
  • Nella Larsen: Quicksand (B)
  • sianne ngai: “Irritation,” Ugly Feelings (B)
  • Susan Buck-Morss: “Aesthetics and Anaesthetics” (B)
  • T.S. Eliot:
    • “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
    • “Tradition and the Individual Talent”
    • “The Waste Land”
    • “Ulysses, Order and Myth”
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: The Dispossessed (B)
  • Walter Benjamin: “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire” (B)

*Photo Credit: Matthew Garin