Moscow Mayakovsky Festival
26 x 38 in (67 x 97 cm)
Russian graphic designer Yuri Surkov (1961- ), who goes by the name Suric, is known for his conceptually-driven posters for clients in the cultural sphere. His poster for the Moscow Mayakovsky Festival shows the pixelated face of the Soviet revolutionary poet. Surkov has explained that he’s playing a visual game with the viewer. Seen from afar, Mayakovsky’s face is clearly recognizable. He appears to have a large bruise under his eye, symbolizing the poet’s fighting, revolutionary spirit. Up close, the image of the face pixelates into obscurity and the “bruise” becomes legible as text, advertising the event.
Surkov has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 2000.