Vasco Barata, Wild Sea Money
* Seleccionado pelo Prémio Design de Livro 2018 da DGLB
Wild Sea Money was the title of Vasco Barata’s exhibition at Sismógrafo, an independente artists’ space in Porto. The artist’s work crosses references as James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, the logo of the punk band Black Flag or Thoreau’s “Walden”, the wilderness of nature meets the urban backpacker. “Portrait of a landscape on the verge of extinction, hard-core abstractionism: an exhibition made by an hiker that, beyond beauty, can see the simulacra of our civilization.”
This catalogue features essays by curator João Silvério and Sismógrafo’s artistic director Óscar Faria and several installation views. The 2 columns layout of the publication echoes very clearly the Black Flag’s logo geometry. A harsh use of typography, RGB filtered images of the forest, a-typhical play with the white/black margins of the publication create an additional dialogue with the artworks and the overall ambience of “Wild Sea Money”.