|photo by Paul Heckbert|
There's something I enjoy about bandit signs, if anything because they are at least some form of trying to get information into the public sphere by circumventing legal methods for doing so. Granted, they are almost always advertising something that gnaws at the foundation of communal stability and individual happiness. Yet, I regularly find myself envisioning ways that standard sign language can be repurposed while maintaining the look and feel, the vernacular, of an already agreed-upon way of doing things.
Scott Turri at Art Hopper has a nice review of the "Crowdsourced" exhibition. In Atlanta, John Morse took a particularly thoughtful approach to the bandit sign tactic through haiku. And, in Philadelphia, Huggie Butterworth has been appropriating pre-existing bandit signs in a way that is not only essentially ridiculous, but a welcome neutralizing of the signs' original content.