The posters of Nelu Wolfensohn convey their message with incisive images and few words. Notes Vagabondes, a retrospective at the UQAM Centre de Design, offers the public an opportunity to appreciate the talent of this graphic designer and professor at the UQAM School of Design in Montreal, Canada. Many of his posters were selected in international design competitions, and reflect current political, social or cultural issues, relevant both to Quebec realities and the universal concerns of today. Dealing with topics such as human rights, terrorism, academic life, the arts, design and psychoanalysis, Wolfensohn skillfully harnesses a dialogue between meaning and images. The metaphorical value of his posters challenges our minds and enhances our vision.
Bucharest-born graphic designer Nelu Wolfensohn settled in Montreal in 1976 and, after several years as art director at Graphisme Lavalin, became a professor at the UQAM School of Design in 1992. In his teachings, Professor Wolfensohn focuses mainly on the conceptualization process and the realization of complex design projects. Some of the assignments relate to the political life of Quebec and Canada. From 2002 to 2015, during municipal, provincial and federal elections, his students created parallel propaganda campaign posters, most appreciated for their originality, audacity and strength. Among his many pedagogical initiatives, one is definitely well known: Concepts for All, an on-line image bank offering free downloads of visual concepts for humanitarian causes.
Notes Vagabondes runs from November 17 to December 11, 2016 at the UQAM Centre de Design in Montreal. For more information visit centrededesign.com