COMPOSITION No.8: TWO VERTICAL LINES

Material: Advertisement from The Graphic: Strand based London weekly newspaper. Vol.36: July – December 1887.
168 x 117 cm
2013

The regimented symmetry of Composition No. 8 is playfully set alive with the busyness of newspaper print. As newspapers are usually set in straight columns, the content here is given a three-dimensional movement from within, drawing attention to the print’s wonderful eccentricities. Uppercase, emboldened and flamboyant text shrinks and grows up the folded pages, crowding the illustrations that show just how peculiar a nineteenth century readership was. The impossibly narrow corset is set across from the shining pistons of Victorian invention; pills and remedies crowd to be heard, all in a tumult that is set off by the strong, almost luminous, blue with which Francisca hems them.