Raffaella della Olga LINE UP
Edition of 26 copies
All copies are signed and numbered
29 x 27 cm - (closed)
56 pages plus cover
Silkscreen and embossing on paper
Plastic spiral coil binding
Hot stamped hand made rubbed covers
(Please note that all books are covered with different rubbed coloured fabrics by the artist, making each book unique)
Raffaella della Olga is an analog artist for the digital ages. Line Up, the project that della Olga created for Three Star Books, stresses the fact that analog and digital worlds are complementary.
The subject of the artist’s obsession for Line Up is Alphabet: a typeface developed by Timothy Epps and the experimental psychologist Christopher Evans in England in the late 60’s.
Alphabet was the result of a challenge for them to find a system that would enable early computers to recognise fonts. Working within a five x five grid, Alphabet was designed entirely from vertical and horizontal lines.
For Raffaella della Olga, who is instinctively attracted by geometric and/or programmatic art, Epps and Evans’s font was the perfect object of study and inspiration. Her interpretation led her— and the production team at TSB— to develop an original and free interpretation of Alphabet using basic silk screen printing and paper embossing to create stunning geometric trompe-l’oeils.
Page after page the twenty six letters of Alphabet create compositions toying with the history of both optical and abstract painting. Indirectly quoting the works of Sol Lewitt, Josef Albers and OP ART artist Bridget Riley.
Line Up by RDO proves again that with simple shapes and minimal means an artist can bring a viewer to new territories.
Line Up’s covers are produced by the artist using delicate and elaborate rubbings on canvas revealing coloured moiré patterns, an effect that RDO affectionates particularly.
The title Line Up has been inspired by the homonymous jazz piece composed by blind American pianist Lennie Tristano (1955).
This new version of Alphabet by Raffaella Della Olga for Three Star books, is silk screened in many different monochrome colours, the covers are all original rubbings making each copy of this book unique.