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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-18-2008 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Age: Sky's the limit for typecast animals

Stephen Banham, a Melbourne graphic designer and artist, was incredibly moved when he read Animals in Space. Banham designs typefaces. He began to create artworks that merged his feelings about those lost creatures with his passion for typography. His exhibition, Orbit Oblique, is a series of illuminated billboards that pay tribute to animals such as Gordo and Laika.

Many billboards take the form of "lost dog" notices. "Desperately Seeking Gordo," reads one. "Our beloved squirrel monkey." Though the stories are sad, there are absurd undertones. A posting about Goliath, a monkey whose rocket was destroyed 35 seconds after take-off, ends: "Still slim chance that he may have safely ejected in time. Parents worried."

Letterbox: Type Showing at Craft Victoria

Orbit Oblique is a typographic tribute to the animals lost in space. During the period 1949-1990 the space race between the USA and Russia saw dozens of animals being launched into space in the name of scientific research. These unwilling participants included not just monkeys and dogs but also cats, rats, frogs, worms, spiders, fish and even fruit flies. Many were never seen again.

The exhibition, composed of a series of backlit typographic billboards, also features the public release of Bisque, a typeface that made history by being the first to have its international rights auctioned on e-bay in 2007.

The accompanying publication, Orbit Oblique, is a hand-bound limited edition of 500 and features a letterpress-printed cover. It is one of a very few type samplers produced in Australia for the past several decades.

Animals in Space (2007) was written by cS members Colin Burgess and Chris Dubbs.

Chris Dubbs
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posted 04-19-2008 06:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chris Dubbs   Click Here to Email Chris Dubbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to confess that finding a typographical connection to the animals that have been to space seems a bit of a stretch. Some of the images are more suggestive of orbital trajectories. And yet others, simply by linking the animal's name to the image, manage to evoke whimsy, wonder, or even sadness. The exhibit will probably be over before I can save enough pennies to visit Melbourne. Colin, that leaves it to you.

dom
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posted 04-19-2008 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope the artist is now going to give the authors a free copy of his limited edition portfolio...considering you gave him the idea

ColinBurgess
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posted 04-19-2008 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have indeed emailed him. No response as yet...

ColinBurgess
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posted 04-21-2008 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stephen Banham has now contacted me and we are in friendly dialogue. He was thrilled that I made contact with him, as "Animals in Space" really excited his imagination and interest in the subject.

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