With ties to with many of the early innovators who formed the Beat, Fluxus and Mail Art movements, John Furnival’s idiosyncratic system of arranging typography as an expressionistic field has most often linked him to the Visual or Concrete Poetry movement. Furnival here shapes the Arc De Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower out of words in several languages, a clear illustration of his statement that ‘my whole work has been involved with the making of a moiré pattern of meaning, the laying of one message over another, unrelated one, to produce a third, unrelated to either.’
John Furnival, b. 1933, is a British artist and poet who taught at Bath Academy of Art in its seminal period in the 1960s and 70s. In 1964, he co-founded the press, Openings, with Dom Sylvester Houédard.
Silkscreen print, edition unknown
27.5 × 13.5 inches each