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Umberto Eco, an Italian semiotician, and philosopher highlighted a participatory approach to visual arts, music and literature in his 1962 publication, The Open Work. In Eco’s terms, "open" in a tangible sense can be defined as works that are left unfinished, the author seems to hand them on to the user / performer / maker more or less like the components of a construction kit.

These are two "open" methods for creating typography, the first is a strict rule based stencil, the ‘plaque découpée universelle’, invented by Joseph A. David in the 1870’s to produce the entire alphabet, numbers and symbols from a single device. The second are several stencils with various abstract shapes made for experimentation and have continued to be used for an ongoing lateral investigation with VCU design students and a Richmond based artist. Anthony Meloro

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Brief Travel: collaboration with Anthony Meloro

Brief Travel: collaboration with Anthony Meloro

Brief Travel: collaboration with Anthony Meloro

Brief Travel: collaboration with Anthony Meloro