Mungo Thomson, Los Angeles, 2011
Hardcover, 196 pp., color + b/w illus.
Hand-numbered and signed, edition of 50.
Mungo Thomson's Font Study (TIME) is an artwork produced by LACMA in a limited edition of 50, signed and numbered, and bound and embossed in the style of library periodicals. This artist book collects Thomson's drawings of the TIME magazine logo as its design has evolved over the years, from the earliest sample in 1922 to the present day, in what the artist has termed "a phenomenological font study." The result is a slow-motion flip-book that is itself a study of the experience of time, and an examination of mass culture, graphic design, the book object and the nature of reading.