“I’ve destroyed relationships over the use of Arial.” So states artist Arley-Rose Torsone who fabricated these swell tin letterforms. (Perfectly understandable — I mean really, how would you raise the children?) Downtown arts and crafts gift emporium, Craftland, has evolved into an exciting little gallery, selecting those artists who have truly elevated crafting and fabrication into fine art. Sculptor Torsone learned metal-smithing not at our Steel Yard but at the Penland School of Crafts in Asheville. There she “scoured the junkyards for large cans that I could clean up and rivet together to create these 10″ tall three-dimensional letterforms”. Turns out Torsone has designed many local signs and logos with which we are now familiar. She is also a printmaker and produces letterpress work.
The show, featuring both 2d and 3d typography-themed work, runs through February 26. These Craftland openings always turn into kind of fun parties so get down there.
Opening reception 5pm to 8pm, Thursday, January 27, Craftland, 235 Westminster Street