We Have Re-Energized Our Twitter Account

The illustrated book grapples with the (real or perceived) decline of Western civilization due to our obsession with social media posts as our primary form of communication. How can society survive if we can't truly hear or speak to each other?

Source material: In a daily art practice since 2008 (called You Look Like The Right Type), I listen to actual quotes spoken by human beings and redraw them using ink and paper—my own version of an analog Tweet. I then piece together these spoken fragments into larger conversations between strangers who have never met or exchanged words so they may hear and speak to each other.

WE HAVE RE-ENERGIZED OUR TWITTER ACCOUNT is a book-form conversation voiced by countless strangers—spanning 10-years and using 108 drawings selected from my You Look Like The Right Type archive of 5,000+ works-on-paper—about the broken-down mechanics of contemporary communication.

6 x 9 x 1 inches, 128 pages, linen cloth on hardback case-binding, matte black foil-stamping with debossed cover, offset-printed interior pages on Cougar 90# text with Smyth-sewn signatures, featuring 108 drawings sourced in verbatim fragments from overheard-conversations and spanning 10 years. Signed edition of 218 copies to commemorate 2018, the tenth year of Mark Addison Smith's You Look Like The Right Type daily-conversation archive.

Artexte / Art Gallery of Ontario / Baylor University, Book Arts Collection / Bennington College, Crossett Library / Birmingham Museum of Art, Artists' Books Collection / Brooklyn Museum, Artists' Books Collection / Carnegie Mellon University, Artists' Books Collection / Center for Book Arts, New York / Cleveland Institute of Art, Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library / Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library /
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum / Edinburgh City Libraries, Art & Design Library at Central Library / George Mason University, Fenwick Library Special Collections Research Center / Getty Research Institute, Special Collections / Glasgow School of Art, Special Collections / Guggenheim Museum, Library and Archives / Indiana University Bloomington, Artists' Books Collection / Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Chicago / John M. Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Kansas City Art Institute, Artists' Books Collection / Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Research Library / The Menil Collection / Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections / Mills College, F.W. Olin Library Special Collections / Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) / Messiah College, Murray Library Special Collections / Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago / Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection / Paper Machine / Pratt Institute Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection / Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Fleet Library Special Collections / Ringling College of Art + Design, Brizdel-Schoenberg Special Collections Center / Savannah College of Art and Design, ACA Library Special Collections / Seattle Art Museum / Smith College, Neilson Library Rare Books / Smithsonian American Art + National Portrait Gallery Library, Artists’ Book Collection / University of Arizona, Special Collections / University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Arts Library / University of Chicago, Special Collections Research Center / University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Research Collections / University of Delaware, Special Collections / University of Dundee Museum Collections, Artists' Books Collection Dundee (abcD) / University of Georgia, Special Collections / University of Iowa, Special Collections Research Center / University of Michigan, Artists' Books Collection / University of Oregon, Design Library / University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kohler Art Library / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Special Collections / University of Utah, K.W. Duke Fine Arts & Architecture Library / Valdosta State University, Odum Library Archives and Special Collections / Walker Art Cetner, Archives & Library / Whitney Museum, The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library / Yale University, Haas Arts Library Special Collections

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Mark Addison Smith’s design specialization is typographic storytelling: allowing illustrative text to convey a visual narrative through printed matter, artist books, and site installations. You Look Like The Right Type is his on-going, daily drawing archive in which he translates direct-quote, overheard conversation fragments into black and white drawings—his daily practice since 2008.