UTOPIA MYOPIA is a novel novel, a diary, a high-flying history, an academic adult comic book w/visions of utopia, dystopia & myopia. Illusions, confusions & conclusions play out in 36 plays, each contained on one page. The setting for each play is a piece of paper 8"x11”. Characters are listed. Scenes & characters are drawn on the top half of the page; five columns of lines of type, newspaper, style, are set below. The dialogue is minimal, a shorthand determined by the number of letterforms per line, a text-message for today's limited attentions spans. Apple trees & bobby pins debate thing, a CNN app lets Anderson Cooper interview Wittgenstein on Cloud 9, a proud cloud explains letterforms, god DOG & work WHY discourse, of course & Giotto ANGELS, finally free to possess legs and high-heels in their City of Angeles palm trees, disagree re. architectural theory but agree w/the glitzy glass lady-shaped high-rise spanning Sunset Boulevard that heaven is achieved in Utopia Made in Hollywood.
WHY? is 80 Years of Art & Design in Pix & Prose, Juxtaposed: Lifelines & land(e)scapes from the SF Art Institute to nightclub dancing in NY, to SF's Art in Cinema & the Hollywood movie scene, 1945-55, to studying graphic design in Basel, Switzerland, 1956-62, to a SF design office & painting Supergraphics at The Sea Ranch, 1967, to studying architecture at UCB, to work in Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, NY & SF. After all this, I sat still & became obsessed w/8.5"x11” sheets of white paper. I typed lines. I drew lines. Letterforms lined up into words. Words lined up into straight lines. Straight lines, one above another, lined up into columns & stories. Each line & liaison led to the next & related to the rest. I cut-&-paste a lot on more sheets of 8.5"x11” paper and became a knotty Y-NOT-KNOT lady looking on from across the book's binding, glued, I looked for secrets in white shapes, the precious nothing of wide margins, the white space no one notices between the lines and lies, behind the scenes & in my life. WHY NOT?
"Barbara Stauffacher Solomon trained first as a dancer in her native San Francisco, and then as a recently widowed mother of one, she traveled to 1950s Switzerland where she studied graphic design under Armin Hoffman. So assiduously did she absorb 'The Master's' hard line Modernist doctrine that even when she returned to America to work as a jobbing designer, she doggedly stuck to the rigours of Swiss design at a time when, as she notes, 'psychedelic squiggles' were the norm... Despite her varied and inspirational career, she is best known for the epoch defining Supergraphics she did for Sea Ranch in 1960s California. Her masterwork (painted over shortly after she created it) is a radical graphic statement that can stand comparison with the work of many far more celebrated occupants of the graphic design canon. The history of Supergraphics would be very different were it not for Barbara Stauffacher Solomon."- Adrian Shaughnessy, editor of SUPERGRAPHICS, Uniteditions, London, 2010.
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