VINYL LOGOS FOR MIT PRESS AND BLACK FLAG

Muriel Cooper, 1963, vinyl, 14 x 23.5 cm / Raymond Pettibon, vinyl, 1978, vinyl, 15.4 x 22 cm

If we allow, for a moment, the proximity of the Black Flag bars and MIT Press logo to lead us simultaneously backward to the Bauhaus and forward, toward to the complex, networked terrains explored by Cooper at the Visible Language Workshop, the connections I have been making between the DIY tactics of early American hardcore and early modernist abstraction will, hopefully, become more clear ... for Cooper, as well as the avant-garde of the early 1920s and American hardcore of the early 1980s, the rhizomatic or networked logic of abstraction makes possible a set of mobile relationships, temporary alliances and hybrid forms that continue to be vital and productive.”

(“Graphics Incognito,” Mark Owens, Dot Dot Dot #12, 2006)