Order X Chaos

by Bradley Coulter and Vinicius Lima
February 16 - March 13, 2015
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts

Gallery reception on Thursday, March 5, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts.

Bradley Coulter

Bradley Coulter, educated in both Illinois and Japan, worked as a graphic designer, fine press printer, and design educator in Seattle for 10 years before returning to the Midwest to pursue graduate studies, receiving MA and MFA degrees in Design from the University of Iowa. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Typography at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research is focused on exploring the psychological components of type design and use, and integrating those findings into a cognitive application of type to the page and the screen.

Vinicius Lima

A native Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro, Vinicius Lima holds an MFA and MA in Design from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Design from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since last fall, Vinicius has been an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Foundations at Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI), where he teaches courses on Typography, Print, Web Design and Branding Identity. His research explores the possibilities that digital technology brings when combined to fundamental aspects of design and user experience.

Artists’ Statement

“Daily, even hourly, we are bombarded by and must navigate information. Emails, magazines, signs, forms, and websites all must be readily understandable and useful for their intended audiences. The task of organizing and presenting the visual information that surrounds us falls to graphic designers; visual communicators who give order and clarity to complex and chaotic messages through the use of perceptive strategies that enable the public to seamlessly resonate with and interpret the information before them.

In this body of work, Coulter and Lima have taken several of the design principles and techniques used to create order in content and applied them toward a contrary idea in an effort to understand if these tools can bring chaos - and through it, beauty - to the visual communications we encounter everyday. To investigate this, diagrams, computer programs, classic grids from design history, color, and typography are manipulated and combined in experimental ways to create new images and content open to interpretation. Through the respective sensibilities of each designer, the underlying challenge of order versus chaos threads through the combined series of work and these questions: are our visual strategies always effective? Can chaos and order coexist beneficially? Must information always be orderly for us to truly communicate?”

2014-2015 Coulter and Lima