ALAN QUALTROUGH . KISS & BITE LETTERPRESS STUDIO

TOUCH IS TRUTH

My artistic practice and research investigates the haptic experience of letterpress in contrast to digital. It raises questions about a different engagement with language and truth that occurs through the materiality of the physical processes involved in setting and printing type, particularly in relation to time, permanence and the unrepeatable.

It also considers how touch as a primary sense is crucial in human processes for testing and expressing reality and meaning. I am often concerned with questions of performance and embodied knowledge and work both alone and in collaboration with others.

Recent work has included protest posters, interactive performances and community workshops.

 

 

 

Westerly, a font for Mayflower400

Alan Qualtrough letterpress exhibition Truth and the Digital Age at Ocean Studios, Plymouth RE:WORK, a performance with letterpress by Alan Qualtrough at the Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, 2018
Westerly, a font made by Alan Qualtrough for Mayflower400
The Truth Wall, an installation by Alan Qualtrough at Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 Letterpress posters by Alan Qualtrough for sale

KISS & BITE LETTERPRESS

The Truth Wall, an installation by Alan Qualtrough at Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 Alan Qualtrough letterpress exhibition Truth and the Digital Age at Ocean Studios, Plymouth
RE:WORK, a performance with letterpress by Alan Qualtrough at the Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, 2018 Letterpress posters by Alan Qualtrough for sale
Westerly, a font made by Alan Qualtrough for Mayflower400

KISS & BITE LETTERPRESS

Touch is Truth

 

The theme of my practice and research is that the haptic experience of letterpress enables a better engagement with language. Touch is the primary sense and is crucial in human processes for testing and expressing reality and meaning.

Although digital communications offer great benefits, they may also afford a detrimental effect on the use of language.

Research has shown children who use only digital communications can lack critical engagement of language. Other issues such as a cut and paste culture encourage plagiarism and poor standards.

Alan Qualtrough letterpress exhibition Truth and the Digital Age at Ocean Studios, Plymouth The Truth Wall, an installation by Alan Qualtrough at Plymouth Art Weekender 2017
RE:WORK, a performance with letterpress by Alan Qualtrough at the Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, 2018 Letterpress posters by Alan Qualtrough for sale
Westerly, a font made by Alan Qualtrough for Mayflower400