How to Play with Letters, the new volume by Moleskine Books, is dedicated to Rylsee and to his surprising and playful universe of drawings and sketches, letters and words. #fridayreads
Rylsee, How to Play with Letters, Moleskine Books, 2017.
Meet Cyril Vouilloz aka Rylsee. His universe is made of drawings, letters and words and his creations have appeared across the globe in exhibitions, murals and shows. An artist who expresses himself through the powerful medium of lettering, he is also one of the integral members of the legendary Berlin art collective, Urban Spree. In a new editorial adventure, Moleskine Publishing brings to life the surprising, exciting and playful world of contemporary letter art. How to Play with Letters is a journey into the discovery of drawings and sketches whose raw simplicity provide an accurate and perceptive filter through which to reflect on today’s world.
“I’m fascinated by the digital”, he explains, “but in the end it doesn’t exist. It’s beautiful but there’s no physical reality”. Rylsee is known for his witty, provocative slogan designs that appear to play on as well as subtly critique the short, superficial communications encouraged by smartphone culture. A few examples being “What did you NOT do today because of the internet” and “Smart phones, stupid people”, or “Unpleasant Keyboard Dilsexia since 1985”.
Rylsee is never far from his sketchbook – a tool for his creativity and work as much as an escape from boredom and restlessness. But, like so much of what this hard-to-pin-down sketcher does, his sketchbooks themselves are hard to classify as they are the process as much as they are the finished work. In his own words, “We should embrace the fact that people do something, rather than judge the final product. Well done doesn’t mean interesting”.