Sam Winston is an Artist-Typographer similar to my self in that we use words/letters/characters to make our art, but that’s about all we have in similarities excluding our enjoyment of books. I’m unsure how I stumbled across his work, but it was a good thing it happened to me. I did not want to think I was creating my work in a bubble, which can happen at times when you don’t expose yourself to the works of others. I do stand back and keep my attention else where, mostly because I feel I could be overly influenced by what others are doing.
However, that said, Sam Winston is doing something fantastically different and I don’t really like it. Mostly this dislike stems from my want and desire to know what’s happening with his work (which I find he writes about in a vague and incoherent way) and a bit of the detail in the work. Yeah I understand at times it’s the whole that makes a difference, but if you’re going to include text it’s very natural to want to see the parts involved.
Referencing my own work, I use a what amounts to linguistic non-sense to create my images of pigeons, which I have seen people try to read, but the minute people can’t find sense in it they just see it as a picture and move on. Or they just don’t care and hate your work.
It’s not all hate. I do like the what he’s done with his work Dictionary Story Book, as it makes for an interesting display in twisting type. It’s a fine display that shows how easily language can break down physically, verbally and visually. It’s one of his works I would actually like to own just to see it whole and up close.
If nothing else the work comes off as an interesting experiment in abusing words and type in an effort to make art. Personally I don’t know if I could go down the same route of Sam Winston in his works, but who knows.