Wool is best known for his paintings of large, black, stenciled letters on white canvases. Wool began to create word paintings in the late 1980s, reportedly after having seen graffiti on a brand new white truck. Using a system of alliteration, with the words often broken up by a grid system, or with the vowels removed (as in ?TRBL? or ?DRNK?), Wool?s word paintings often demand reading aloud to make sense.
From the early 1990s through the present, the silkscreen has been a primary tool in Wool?s practice. In his abstract paintings Wool brings together figures and the disfigured, drawing and painting, spontaneous impulses and well thought-out ideas.
I like his use of straight lines and breaking up the words to make it harder to understand what he is saying. I also love how the canvases aren't perfect, and have small black stains on them. This has inspired me to not see typography as a perfectionist matter, but embrace the mistakes I may have made.
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