While typography was the theme of “Alphabet Show: Every Letter Counts” at White Walls in San Francisco, the diverse line-up of artists interpreted this idea loosely. Some, Meryl Pataky with her glowing, neon “Y” chose to present their calligraphy with clean, legible type. Meanwhile, others like Sergio Garcia created unconventional adaptations of their letters. Garcia’s “W” consisted of two hyper-realist sculptures of hands popping out of the wall, each one throwing up the “West Coast” sign. Apex, who is known to be prolific in both graffiti and fine art, created an homage to bombing with a tagged-up crate of spray cans serving as an installation element to go with his painted letter “A.” Chad Hasegawa, known primarily for his loose, figurative paintings of bears, went looser still with his letter “Z,” a bold assembly of neon lines with clean edges that disintegrate into dripping paint. The show spoke to the symbiotic relationship between imagery and language and the interplay that exists in between.
All photos by Brock Brake.