[ Artist Statement ]
David Wolske combines contemporary and historical processes to transform letters, numbers, and punctuation into visual poetry. His abstractions communicate viscerally through form, color, and negative space while inviting viewers to create their interpretations.
At the core of his work is a printing technique Wolske invented. He calls it “isotype” printing, a portmanteau of the words “isolate” and “type.” Using this new method, he manipulates the building blocks of letters (stems, bowls, serifs, etc.) to develop a unique language with a dynamic vocabulary. The resulting compositions explore conceptual dichotomies such as control and chaos, symmetry and asymmetry, and harmony and dissonance.
Wolske’s interdisciplinary practice merges digital design tools with letterpress and fine art printmaking traditions. He has two distinct modes of working. He sometimes uses self-defined rules and controlled methods to translate digital compositions into handmade prints with his collection of antique wood and metal types. The predictable nature of this approach gives the artist and his work a sense of mastery. He will also improvise on his Vandercook proofing presses with no preconceived notions. This strategy is curiosity-driven. Its unpredictable nature leads to learning and discovery and propels his practice forward.