BOONE—The Looking Glass Gallery (LGG) in Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union presents “Manual-Pixeling,” an exhibition featuring work by Taekyeom Lee. The exhibit will be on view Jan. 13 – Feb. 17. A reception will be held at the gallery Feb. 17 from 7:30-9 p.m. The public is invited.
Lee received an MFA degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in graphic design from Keimyung University in Korea. He is an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Art.
Lee’s research explores new methods of creating handmade type and graphics through an interplay between design fundamentals and craft techniques, like ceramics. He investigates this in response to the increase in the dematerialization of type and also as a form of criticism toward the dominance of computer-generated graphic design. His research interest in graphic design also explores a diverse area of interests and experiences.
“Manual-Pixeling” captures the tension between the digital design world and the physical one. Lee pushes the boundaries of type creation by bringing a typeface out of the digital realm and into the hands of the viewer. Visitors are invited to rearrange collections of the handmade ceramics to create words and letters. Lee hopes the exhibit will continue the conversation of typography and its creation in an exponentially more virtual age.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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