Lawrence Weiner was a central figure in the formation of conceptual art in the 1960s and today is one of most important living artists whose work often takes the form of typographic texts.
Square buttons designed by Weiner are pictured here and designed for the Bronx Museum. The artist writes to Busy Beaver Button Co. founder and button enthusiast,
MANY THANKS FOR YOUR NOTE & MANY THANKS FOR THE QUALITY OF THE PIN THAT WE HAVE MADE TOGETHER. BUTTONS, BADGES, TEMPORARY TATTOOS ARE A VIABLE MEANS OF PLACING ART WITHIN SOCIETAL CONTEXTS HAVING NO REQUIREMENTS OTHER THAN A PATCH OF SKIN OR FABRIC TO ATTACH TO AS A SUPPORT STRUCTURE.
I THINK BUTTONS ALLOW PEOPLE TO IDENTIFY WITH WHATSOEVER IS ON THEIR SURFACE & THEREFORE I LIKE THEM. ART IS SUPPOSED TO EMPOWER PEOPLE & THE AESTHETICS THAT THEY STAND FOR.
Click here for the Lawrence Weiner video data base. Click here for a wonderful video featuring artist. Click here to visit Busy Beaver Button Co. and have a nice day!
Printer's Ball emoticon juxtaposed with a die cut letterpress poster on a 2.25-inch button.
Busy Beaver Button Co. juxtaposed words provided by Poetry magazine with salvaged letterpress posters provided by the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts to make a limited edition of 500 letterpress 2.25-inch buttons for the Sixth Annual Printers Ball in Chicago.
The event, which this year takes as its theme “Print Loves Digital,” is an annual celebration of literary culture founded by Poetry magazine and other independent Chicago literary organizations.
What better way to express the theme for the free event than buttons?
Celebrate at the Sixth Annual Printers’ Ball located at at The Ludington Building on the Columbia College Chicago 1104 South Wabash Avenue on Friday, July 30, 2010 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. More info here.
Each one-of-a-kind button is available to the first 500 attendees of the Printer's Ball