Counter Intuitive 3.2.5
12 x 15 in
Relief & Letterpress
This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 17-June 30, 2018. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Peter Bushell is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at Illinois State University and has been teaching graphic design for over 27 years. Presently, he is exploring projects that go beyond the traditionally client-based work of graphic design. He is utilizing his background in typography and publication design to develop research initiatives with letterforms and the book arts. These projects challenge the norms of type and book structures to prompt the viewer to see beyond the ubiquitous nature of these forms. His book works have been recognized through regional and national juried exhibitions, awards, and collection acquisitions. His current efforts with letterpress prints have also been exhibited widely.
This print is one in a series that abstractly explores positive and negative space, while challenging the norms of letterpress printing. The compositions utilize cropping in the letterpress process in order to acquire the abstracted forms from original wooden letters. Background spaces were layered and activated from a variety of wooden letterforms, then the same large black figure was cropped and composed differently to finish each composition.