calligraphy, lettering, type design, letter carving, sign writing, pixel pushing, etc

Cláudio Gil

Kalligráphos Bruta - A desordem das palavras - “The disorder of words”

2017 This project was commissioned by SESC (A non governmental Social Service in Brazil), and was developed for the external area of its headquarters at Santana, São Paulo, Brazil. The work consists in a calligraphic composition painted with flat brush and using a white synthetic enamel on glass. The wall is composed by 15 double layer panels of glass, painted on both sides in a total area of 108m2. The disorder of words is its main idea is to take off the readability of words and give them an invisibility generated by an aesthetic treatment that turns them into images that provoke the curiosity of the citizen who passes by the place to try to decipher them and to order them . Expressive and gestural handwriting takes from the slogans the order proposed by the writing itself. Heavy geometric and sans serif letters mixed with fat gothic letters made with a 4“ brush, are overpainted with small brushes using words of command forming a lot of layers. The effect of multilayers is reinforced by a glass transparency and its thickness.







Bruta la Caligrafia - O amor sempre vence - Love always wins

2017 Performance during the opening of the exhibition Kaligrapho et non Kalligrápho at Centro Cultural Brasil en Bolívia, La Paz, as part of the official exhibitions of Bienal del Cartel Bolívia 2017. Video made by my friend Alberto Montt. This performance consists in writing using letters overlayed and mixing traces using just one tool, a flat brush. Acrylic on the wall. This technique is something I've been practicing and developing for a huge time, about three or four years. It's part of the techniques that Il call “Bruta, La Caligrafia̦”, mass of text as stones generating an effect of a block of stones. I use geometric forms painting with a almost dry brush resulting a type of trace more characteristic of a chisel.

Bruta la Caligrafia

2017 These pieces give the name to my new serie of calligraphic painting, Bruta, produced for and shown at the exhibitions of Bienal del Cartel Bolivia 2017. In this stage my work is an ode to the alphabet. Fat sans serif romans mixed with fat fraktur letters generating raw forms like blocks of stones. Acrylic on manual recycled seed paper and application of golden leaf. The paper was produced specifically for this work, although very light its appearance reinforces the idea of a raw material.