Arte e tipografia

Art and typography

How do images and texts match each other? Who started mixing text and images to create new original collages? And why do these mix-ups touch us so deeply?

All this for you in the post!

Art images and typography have been linked from the beginning in art, just think of the illuminated initials of medieval texts amanuensis.

Even in world literature there are numerous works of art in which the image was accompanied by a coherent text. In all these cases we don't really know whether the text or the image is more important.

However, it was with the advent of surrealism, in the 1920s, that they began to combine texts with images to create new and unique objects, in which the relationship between the image and the text was based above all on the iconographic meaning. of writing, on the signs in itself that writing shows.

In America, there was Joseph Cornell who used this technique a lot, treating the text as a piece of his collages.

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Juan Gris Series, Black Cockatoo Silhouette), c. 1954–1965; via The University of Virginia
Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Juan Gris Series, Black Cockatoo Silhouette), c. 1954–1965; via The University of Virginia


SatiArt refers to the works of Joseph Cornell, with the aim of honoring and transforming existing images; this is why we call our works "mix-up", to combine and mix, mix and create, to find a new meaning in works that are known or even unknown to all but specialists.

When we put words under Caspar David Friedrich's image of the wanderer in the fog, what we get is a new thing: a wanderer in the sea of speech, of communication.

Viandante nella nebbia
And when we combine the text with a lost spiritual image, are we not making available a link between the antiquity of art, the antiquity of the book and our modernity?

This is why it is difficult to remain indifferent to these mix-ups: because they touch us in our dimension of culture, a dimension that has its roots in the history of humanity, and they touch us in the present, our present.

Like a flash, the mix-ups remind us who we are!