Sir Peter Blake is art-world royalty. Blake is well known for his pop-art and album covers, (The Beatles, Band Aid, Oasis et al) and currently the De La Warr is showing 'Alphabets, Letters and Numbers'. This show highlights Blake's love for letters and his use of popular culture in visual language to catch the eye.
This show demonstrates how, in art, there are things found and there are things represented. It's a show about transformation from one to another. Sir Peter Blake is similar to a Grandfather, in which he shows us how to appropriate, how to collect, collate and organise. There is a juxtaposition between the old and new letter forms that not just provide clear textual messages, but undertones that go beyond the words displayed. There are hidden messages if you read between the lines.
Blake's collections of type and popular imagery provide a wealth of material from which to create artworks, taking what could be temporary and giving it a permanence in artworks full of nostalgia. The power of letters and type is obvious in this exhibition, but also that an individual letter can be as captivating as a sentence.
Alphabets, Letters and Numbers is on until 27th of November 2016 and well worth a visit.