Photographer: Monet Reuterson

HC Ericson - graphic designer, author, photographer and artist

The exhibition is a retrospective panorama which spans over 40 years. Drafts, original sketches, specimen proofs, posters, books, artworks etc.

Few graphic designers appear to be so in love with the letters of the alphabet as H.C. Ericson. In his posters, the letters flirt with each other and playfully convey their message. To honour this designer and former professor of graphic design, who in 2002 was awarded by the Roess Museum the prestigious Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize. Designforum Svensk Form is now exhibiting a variety of his posters, books, alphabet sculptures and other works.

H.C. Ericson is a graphic designer, author, photographer, and artist. This retrospective of H.C. Ericson’s production shows the designer’s diversity by means of his two- and three-dimensional graphic images. The exhibition includes posters, archival and working materials, drafts, original sketches, specimen proofs, sculptures, original illustrations and art works by H.C. Ericson

Today’s “poster art” – if anything worth the name even exists – is dry and humourless compared with Ericson’s graphic compositions. One must surely love the letters of the alphabet to treat them as he has done. That affection is passed on to the viewer. One early example is his Louis Armstrong poster from 1974 with its flower power feel so typical of the age. Subsequently, Ericson has become more and more individual as an artist – and better and better. The letters almost sing forth their message. His style is wonderfully simple but also generously free flowing – yet it is still combined with the utmost precision in composition.

The exhibition opens on 3 September and continues until 2 November 2003. Hours: Tues-Thurs 12:00-19:00, Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00. Svensk Form, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

 

Photographer: Monet Reuterson

Photographer: Monet Reuterson

Photographer: Monet Reuterson

Photographer: Monet Reuterson