View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
Poet, printer and typographer Hansjörg Mayer experimented extensively with the shapes of individual lower-case letters in the futura typeface. In Mayer’s works based on repetition and superimposition of the letters of the alphabet, written language becomes pure image. This is typical of concrete poetry, a genre initiated in the 1950s in Brazil in the context of Neo-concrete visual art. Mayer was associated with the group of concrete poets gathered around philosopher Max Bense in Stuttgart, as well as with British figures such as Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Gallery label, October 2016