Poster Monday: Of Smoke and Pyres and Souls
The second Poster Monday spot of the month belongs to Martin Mendelsberg, he is an American designer that has been making posters for twenty years they are inspired by social, political, technological, and cultural issues. Martin have been inspired by designers from all over the world especially because of new media and social networks. He also has worked as brand experience designer and taught at colleges and universities in American and New Zealand for fifty years. His work has been exhibited internationally in Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Germany, France, Poland, Ecuador, Russia and in the United States. The designer’s work is represented in permanent collections at The Magma Museum, Macerata, Italy, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, Germany, The Museum of New Zealand, Victoria University School of Architecture, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Yale University: Haas Arts Special Collections, The Florida Holocaust Museum, The Mizel Museum, Greeley Holocaust Observance Committee and The Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. His Hebrew typeface designs, Torah and Torah Neue are distributed by Masterfont Ltd in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The poster “Of Smoke and Pyres and Souls” addresses the issue of Covid disaster in India has been at the top of the news, India’s people have suffered shortages of oxygen, tanks, and protective equipment. Posters are the voice of my conscience, watching so many people die sparked this poster. The metaphors are direct, oxygen tanks clustered together like human bodies, funeral pyres emitting dense smoke up into the sky and a distant flag of India in the background. The overall arrangement creates a dense cityscape desperately trying to breathe. “Poster art is a storytelling art much like poetry, I believe the metaphors in my poster have the capacity to create a call to action for a desperate situation” says Martin.
If you would like to learn more from Martin’s work visit his website, and remember to submit your poster for the next edition of Poster Monday. Find all the info you need in our submissions page, and facebook.