Language at the crossroads of conceptual art, writing, and graphic design
Pushing writing to its limits, Surfaces is Eric Schmaltz’s compelling debut that explores the alphabet’s look, feel, and movement. At turns playful and clever, each section of the book follows a constraint that uses language not as a means for communication but as raw material. Composed with a minimalist aesthetic and conceptual elements, the book combines found texts, graphic design, imprints, translation, and experimental typography to trace the hidden rhythms, structures, and feelings of language.
Eric Schmaltz is a Toronto-based artist and writer who works with language in a variety of forms and media including print, sound performance, and video. His work has been published and exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe. More at ericschmaltz.com.
“In Surfaces, there is great pleasure in navigating an alphabetic labyrinth in a time of totalizing records of space—one derives from the dérive emotive pleasures of stark abstraction and indulgent design, the tenor of a dark line or the opulent aria of a gray-scale curve.”” — Divya Victor
“Surfaces reminds us that the page is a 3D object, each page the enactment of Duchamp’s infrathin. The language skims and streaks across the thinnest of sheens, a glistening moment, an uncanny reminder of what language could be, if only we let it.” — Derek Beaulieu