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Mathias Schweizer: Roboclop

Work / Graphic Design

Mathias Schweizer’s abstract experiments show off an unusual process

Five years ago when we first discovered Swiss designer Mathias Schweizer (thanks to Côme de Bouchony) he was an incredibly elusive fellow, with no online presence to speak of and little work to be found anywhere on the internet. Since then he’s been nothing short of prolific, producing exhibition identities, posters, publications, typefaces, solo and group shows as well as out and out experimental pieces. In fact the one thing that seems to define his work is experimentation; with classic design rules broken all over the place in his vast portfolio.

In this instance he’s created a set of modular posters based on brutalist structures and organic patterns, creating the initial imagery himself and then allowing it to be degraded and developed by various manual processes. The results read like photographic Rothkos in development, progressing from recognisable still-life objects to complete abstraction in a few simple stages.

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