Chris Alton // A Font Made from the Silhouettes of Migratory Birds
Limited edition of 30
297 x 420mm, digitally printed in-house at Turf on blue cloud effect 215gsm card
Hand-stamped and signed on reverse by the artist.
Sent via signed for postage, wrapped safely in cardboard in acid-free tissue paper with information card.
Chris is an artist and the founder of English Disco Lovers (EDL). He is also Head of Public Realm Projects at Turf. Chris’ edition features his own handmade font, Seasonal Movement, digitally printed on blue cloud effect 215gsm card.
Seasonal Movement (Regular) is a typeface based on the silhouettes of migratory birds, including the; Red Knot, Greater Flamingo, Hummingbird, Artic Tern, and Bar Tailed Godwit, amongst others. Chris thinks that there is a generative friction between creating Latin glyphs for written language based on the forms of a migratory species. The diverse languages spoken today are undeniably products of human migration, however language has also been instrumentalised in the formation of nations and the stoking of nationalism.
// Chris Alton
Whether deploying disco music in opposition to fascism, recording a rhythm ‘n’ blues album about tax avoidance, or proposing art schools be built over golf courses, Chris Alton’s work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions.
In 2012 Chris founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), a protest group that looked to reclaim the ‘EDL’ acronym of the English Defence League. The project involved; online occupations, street-level protests, club nights, talks and exhibitions.
He is the Head of Public Realm Projects at Turf Projects, an artist-led space in Croydon, curating Fungus Press: Turf Projects’ public art commission series, which programmes text-based artworks across several sites in Croydon.
Chris was a participant in Syllabus III, an alternative, peer-led, learning programme (2017-18). Exhibitions & commissions include; Link & Shift, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2019); Survey, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Bluecoat, Liverpool; g39, Cardiff (all 2019), Jerwood Space, London (2018); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery (2018-19) & Liverpool John Moore University, Liverpool Biennial (2018); The Billboard, Spit & Sawdust, Cardiff (2018); Adam Speaks, The National Trust, Croome, Worcestershire (2017); You’re Surrounded by Me, Turf Projects, Croydon (2017); Under the Shade I Flourish, xero, kline & coma, London (2016); and Outdancing Formations, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg (2015).
Awards, bursaries and publications include; Fenton Arts Trust Bursary 2017; A.P.T Graduate Studio Award 2016; Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists 2015; Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Award 2015; Catlin Guide 2015; and Collyer Bristow Graduate Award 2014.
With huge thanks to Chris Alton from all of us at Turf for his contribution to our editions.
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