Graphic Art DepartmentAcademy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Prof. Maciej Buszweicz
Prof. Maciej Buszweicz
Above all, his studio is about reclaiming letter as an image. It extends beyond an exercise in quark or a choice of fonts- it is about building a typographic consciousness. A typography that returns to the roots of the picture in the relationship between picture and literature. Only at that level, is "work against the grain of words" meaningful. It requires a particular sensitivity and visual hearing. The most important processes in book design happen at the borderlands of seeing and hearing. For Buszewicz, book design is a unique and timeless process.
"Each artistic creation, each graphic design is an object to communicate with another person without the need for direct contact. It is an object to transmit information, thoughts, moods and many other things. The author is contacted through an object of his/her creation. If we reach for a book published in the 1930s, the people who created it are long gone, but our close relation with them remains through the object they created. This applies to any art object, be it a painting in the museum or an altarpiece in the church. The intimate relationship between humans is carried through objects that have almost magical properties to enable such contact and thought exchange."
(Book Alchemy [Alchmia ksiąźki], vidart nr 12/2004, interview by Andrzej Tuka).
How we differ Buszewicz describes in the above-cited interview:
"The text that Januszewski uses for his studio projects is just an excuse to play with a picture. A picture in a sense of an illustration. In my studio the gravity falls on text which is not necessarily ordinary and simple... The design is revealed by turning the pages in the book and witnessing the progressing and intensifying disease that affects the letters. The image is built consciously through tension of the text; the image is never clear. From a formal point of view, the book resembles classic typography and the effects appear to be results of some mistakes in the process. Text is the focus of the book but the text is not just a typeset. Text is also not just an illustration; the form and use of letters is consequential."