Thomas Quinn, an artist based in Chicago, Illinois, recently painted a room in his parents’ garage with the text “FACE REALITY AS IT IS”. The otherwise pristine looking white wall was immediately converted into an original architectural design.
This style is known as anamorphic typography and utilizes the walls and the building structure from which the typography or slogan is integrated. It appears like some sort of an illusion where the words are only read from one exact spot.
If you move away from that location, the letters seem to appear warped, elongated and hardly legible. It redefines how this usually normal text becomes three dimensional and full-bodied when viewed from a specific angle. Anamorphic typography basically amplifies the relationship of graphic design and architecture.
This work by Quinn annotates that there is only one way to look at and face reality just as in the same way that the typography can only be viewed from one specific area in the room. The viewer is reminded to seek out and face reality as the only way there is, and establishes that this reality alters from the vantage point and perspective of the human experience.
Quinn, whose website offers more interesting finds, credited Felice Varini, Joseph Egan and Hunter Thompson for this project. Egan and Thompson are known to have discovered this new style in typography when they did a school project for Chelsea College of Art and Design. There’s a lot food for thought here, I guess.