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Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain

Galeria Vermelho

In 2003, Paris-based Brazilian artists Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, in collaboration with Czech artist Jirí Skála, transformed the familiar Helvetica typeface into a new font they called Helvetica Concentrated, turning it into a series of dots; the size of each dot corresponds to the area of the original individual character. Now, for the series “Star Names,” 2007–, the Brazilian artists have used their invention to write the names of 287 stars listed in the Yale University Observatory’s Bright Star Catalogue. By overlaying the dot shaped letters (each individual dot has a brightness of 25 percent white), Detanico and Lain create images of the stars. Each has a different saturation of light because of the different combination of characters in a given name; the brightest star is the one with the longest name (Tacularis Septentrionalis) and the darkest the one with the shortest (Cursa).

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