“Grit Networkism” is an experimental mixed-media piece I created in partial requirement of my senior graduation exhibition “If I Should Stay” in May 2019. In the show, I exhibited my observations and interpretations of this interwoven world through the constant struggle between staying in one’s home (whether it be a home country, city, or town) and moving away.
In terms of subject matter, “Grit Networkism” was heavily inspired by “A Visual History of Human Knowledge,” a TEDTalk by Manuel Lima, even using the quote he provided at the end as the typographical centerpiece of my work.
In terms of art style, this piece was influenced by English graphic designer Chris Ashworth, who has referred to his style as “Swiss grit” for infusing Swiss design principles — also known in the design industry as the International Style of Design — with attitude rather than an aesthetic (Harper, Jarrett, & McCay, 1999).
With the detailed use of grungy texture, transparent layers, gritty lines, and a collage of print material, “Grit Networkism” combines the rigid, minimalist art style of Chris Ashworth — and indirectly, the styles of the design masters before him — with the collective and interconnected concept encapsulated by the Bruce Mau quote: “When everything is connected to everything else, for better or worse, everything matters.”
Harper, L., Jarrett, M. S., & McCoy, K. (1999). In Radical graphics/graphic radicals (pp. 152–153). Chronicle Books.
Yumi. (2020). Grit networkism. The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , (1). https://ther3journal.com/.
Yumi. “Grit Networkism.” The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , no.1, 2020. https://ther3journal.com/.
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