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House Industries Letters & Ligatures Show to Open at Philadelphia’s 222gallery

Philadelphia, Penna.– After a successful run at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Gallery in Los Angeles, House Industries’ Letters & Ligatures show makes its triumphant return to the East Coast at Philadelphia’s 222gallery. The show is set to open on June 5 and run to July 31.

Letters & Ligatures is an exhibition of prints, patterns, installations and sculptures based on House Industries’ 15-year excursion into the alphabetical world. It removes new and classic alphabets from the digital realm and makes them accessible in a three-dimensional environment.

This tactile and visual experience is juxtaposed by the interactive installation of House's Photo-Lettering online headline generator. Show attendees will get an exclusive preview of the innovative new web-based type utility.

“We often work in the world of virtual letters, with the final product often becoming digital vapor once it leaves our studio,” said art director/owner Andy Cruz. “Letters & Ligatures let us get our hands dirty again with some lacquer, rust and thread.”

A separate merchandise section features House Industries’ renowned objects and clothing, affording show attendees the opportunity to take a piece of the Letters & Ligatures aesthetic home with them.

“Alphabets do a lot of heavy lifting in our advanced society, yet the quality of such visual nomenclature has seen a marked decline since the advent of digital type,” said House partner Rich Roat. “Since written symbols play such an important role in our physical, mental and social well-being, we figure they might as well look good.”

The Letters & Ligatures show runs through July 31, 2009.

Known throughout the world as a prolific type, design and illustration studio, House Industries has made a considerable impact on the world of design. House Industries fonts scream from billboards, wish happy whatever from tens of thousands of greeting cards, serve as the basis for consumer product logos and add elements of style to a wide range of mainstream media. In their illustrious career, House artists have mastered a large cross-section of design disciplines. Their typography deftly melds cultural, musical and graphic elements. From early forays into distressed digital alphabets to sophisticated type and lettering systems, House Industries’ work transcends graphic conventions and reaches out to a broad audience. What ultimately shines in the House Industries oeuvre is what always conquers mediocrity: a genuine love for their subject matter. Be it hot rods, classically relevant lettering or Swiss Modernism, House continues to provide typographic optimism in this age of the lowest aesthetic common denominator.

ABOUT 222gallery + ODG
ODG is a design collective with offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia specializing in identifying and directing new concepts in architecture, graphics and design. 222gallery is dedicated to expanding traditional notions of fine art, communication, and function by presenting work that blurs the boundaries between art and everyday life. As a complement to ODG's design studio, the gallery is an effort to further explore the cultural landscape in which we work.

Letters & Ligatures Fact Sheet

Gallery: 222gallery, 222 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA

Opening: June 5, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Date: June 6 through July 31

Title: Letters and Ligatures

Show Description: A new exhibition of prints, patterns, installations and sculptures based on House Industries' 15-year excursion into the alphabetical world.

Preamble: Visual nomenclature fuels language, facilitates communication and forms the basis of a civilized society. Without standardized lexigraphy, we could not create the essence of truth, allowing history to pass on the tongues of those who change it to suit their needs. Written language is also crucial to our cultural survival. It tells us when to stop, where to go, who to see and what to desire while providing the syntax of our earliest memories and our final thoughts. House Industries artists decided that if written symbols play such an important role in our physical, mental and social well being, they might as well look good.