“Erarta Galleries London is delighted to present Structure by David Plaksin. A celebrated book designer and illustrator, Plaksin has a strong interest in typography and a need for meaning within his chosen imagery. Structure presents a new body of graphic work that melds his long-standing interest in graphic design with his artistic sensitivity to visual objects.
Working as a book designer during the Soviet era, Plaksin was accustomed to drawing typography by hand and cutting and gluing shapes and fonts together to create graphic compositions. The material quality of language is very much a concern for Plaksin – language for him is visual, oral, aural, cultural, and part of socio- political history. Letters can be objects just as words and concepts can be eroded beyond recognition. His overriding interest in representation, transformation, semblance, and ultimately meaning has now led him to conflate form and content. In this new body of work, letters become architecture to tell the history of a city, architecture is reduced to a lace-like lattice reminiscent of letterforms, and public spaces are haunted by a vanished age.”
Visit: Erata Galleries: 1st March – 6 April, 2013