Bringing art to unusual places, the City of Sydney’s Art & About program aims to surprise and delight. Kristian Molloy’s latest artwork does just that by taking over locations where there would otherwise be commercial advertising.
Kristian Molloy is a typographer, art director and graphic designer living in Sydney. With an extensive background in advertising, books and graphic design, he is one of the most awarded typographers in Australia.
We asked Kristian a bit more about the artwork and what it represents.
What can people expect from I Am Responsible?
Surprise. intrigue. A wish to join. The goal is to make people think. These murals are about helping people take responsibility for individual thoughts. It’s about engagement and communication.
What are the 3 main themes that you explore in this work?
It’s public. There for all to see. I want people to be intrigued at first sight. Each work of art has a statement that everyone can consider and interpret in their own way. I designed them to be colorful and bright to draw attention and add positivity to the streets
It’s private. The statements on the artwork are intended to encourage people to reflect on their current feelings and thoughts.
It’s personal. These represent some of my insights and affirmations. These represent a lifelong work of typography, art and visual communication that appeals to people through the written word.
How is the work made?
The headlines were set in traditional letterpress format and printed by hand on cardboard. These images were then scanned into a computer and manipulated, where the final artwork was created, printed digitally and installed as billboards.
Who have you been influenced by?
Saul Bass, Alan Fletcher, Alan Kitching, Barbara Kruger, Paula Scher. Artists who combine typography and color to tell visual stories.
The artworks can be found on billboards at:
Last way, last
Harris Street, Pyrmont
Wattle Street, Pyrmont
Bridge Road, Glebea
Burren and Albert streets, McDonaldtown
Wentworth Park Road, Glebea
Regent Street, Redfern
I am responsible on display until Monday 9 May.