Thanks to Derek Lerner at 12ozprophet, who’s daily blog is quickly becoming one of my favourites for the heads up on this project by Matt Siber. The Chicago based artist best describes the inspiration behind his work here. Derek also mentions Siber’s floating logo series which you can find here.
"The Untitled Project is rooted in an underlying interest in the nature of power. With the removal of all traces of text from the photographs, the project explores the manifestation of power between large groups of people in the form of public and semi-public language. The absence of the printed word not only draws attention to the role text plays in the modern landscape but also simultaneously emphasizes alternative forms of communication such as symbols, colors, architecture and corporate branding. In doing this, it serves to point out the growing number of ways in which public voices communicate without using traditional forms of written language.
The reintroduction of the text takes written language out of the context of its intended viewing environment. The composition of the layouts remain true to the composition of their corresponding photographs in order to draw attention to relative size, location and orientation. The isolation of the text from its original graphic design and accompanying logos, photographs and icons helps to further explore the nature of communication in the urban landscape as a combination of visual and literal signifiers." Matt Siber.
The Comments on the blog also led me to this great clip.. again from the same school of thought and very well put together.