Kyoto ddd gallery The 231st Exhibition
Osamu Torinoumi Making Type: Like Water, Like Air
January 15 - March 19, 2022
Typographer Masahiko Kozuka once remarked that “To people in Japan, characters are water and rice.“ Inspired by these words, Osamu Torinoumi has created more than 100 typefaces to date. This exhibition, “Osamu Torinoumi Making Type: Like Water, Live Air,“ begins with the view of Mount Chokai from the town of Yuza in Yamagata Prefecture, where he began his life working with letters, and examines how typefaces, which are an inseparable part our daily lives, are created, and how they become the infrastructure we see in the world around us. Through sketches born out of the design process, traces of trial and error, drafts, finished type, and examples of use in the real world, the exhibition attempts to showcase Torinoumi’s work to date.