Twenty-six serigraphs by the Dutch graphic designer.
Graphic designer Richard Niessen is fond of typographic posters. He likes to see them hang on a wall, but he gets an even bigger thrill out of playing with them, stack- ing them up, cutting them out, twisting them around like a roadmap or a board game. They are his favorite means of expression. He likes to think of books as a compilation of posters.
The set of 26 serigraphs featured in “A Hermetic Compendium of Masonic Typography”, and exhibited for the first time on the occasion of the Saison Graphique 2014 in Le Havre, should be described not only as specimens, but also as clues to Niessen's universe.
A non exhaustive sum- mary of his lifework with an introduction by Tony Côme, this Compendium allows links to be forged between exhibits, creating a network from which three main constellations emerge: Sign, Symbol and Ornament.
Meet Richard Niessen's limitless experimental field, his variable geometry playground.
Welcome to the hermetic citadel!
Richard Niessen (born 1972 in Edam-Volendam, The Netherlands) works on a body of work with a strong preference for print, graphics
and music, with an ever-expanding vocabulaire of (homemade) letters, sign systems and ornaments inviting the viewer to wander, guess and hopefully find. He shares a studio space with Esther de Vries since 2007.
Richard works for various clients including artists like Jennifer Tee and Ad de Jong, exhibition spaces as Tijdelijk Museum and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdamand organizations like the Fonds BKVB and Res Artis. In addition, the self-initiated projects (such as “Based on Bas Oudt” and his traveling overview exhibition “TM City”) lead to experiments with exhibition and presentation forms and collaborations with other designers and artists.
Edited by Richard Niessen (Niessen & de Vries).
Texts by Tony Côme.
Graphic design: Richard Niessen (Niessen & de Vries).
published in May 2014
bilingual edition (English / French)
24,5 x 34,4 cm
136 pages including 26 posters
ISBN : 978-2-9544208-6-8
EAN : 9782954420868
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