Matthew Scott Gualco, “Wingding Opus”
Artist: Matthew Scott Gualco (Sacramento, CA)
Title: Wingding Opus (2012)
Medium/technique(s): Book, type on paper
Edition size: 100
Number of pages: 11 + cover and back cover
Dimensions, open: 16×10 in
Dimensions, closed: 8×10 in
My work forms an allusive hybrid between drawing and literature by interjecting the subject matter with literature and symbols. There is rawness in the manner that is within the understanding of the viewer. Based on my experiences and everyday life, I portray society with all of its imperfections that we all enjoy. Society is placed starkly into traditional literary formats of screenplays, prose and poetry.
The wingding characters interspersed throughout my writings act as both decoys and stage directions to compel the viewer/reader to determine for themselves whether these dashes, arrows and symbols serve a particular semiotic purpose or whether they may simply be placeholders, abstract glyphs alluding to some modern day Rosetta Stone.