Gabriel Alcala

My interest in visual arts began by drawing He-Man comics as a kid. After high school I started a band with some friends & did a lot of touring. I kept drawing & designing throughout, but I really began to get serious about my work about 5 years ago. Since then I’ve done work for Apple, New York Times, Nike, The Washington Post & many more. When I’m not busy with editorial illustrations or commisions, I work on zines, shirts, prints & other goods that I sell on my site. On my off time I enjoy running, meditating & hanging out with my dog Seymour.”

Dancing with Death

Hello, my name is Gabriel Alcala & for Typojanchi 2021 I will create a series of 5 illustrations that deal with the humorous acceptance of mortality. Without death & the transmutation of all living beings, life would be a rhythmless & boring existence. We should make friends with death, we should laugh with death - & we should dance with it. It is not a mistake or a flaw. It is as natural as a wave crashing back in to the ocean.

  • 420 × 297 mm, 594 × 420 mm, 840 × 594 mm, 1188 × 840 mm, 1680 × 1188 mm
  • Pigment print
  • 2021
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1. Picture Speech

Illustration works on media such as books and posters often express topics written in text using images. The texts are prepared first and illustrations interpret them. In ‘Picture Speech’, we change the order so that the viewer faces the pictures which had been prepared first and the texts that interpreted them. Through this, we want to experiment with the interaction between images and texts. Illustrators from numerous countries present pictures that were created based on various issues in the contemporary era—ranging from human rights, gender issues, the New Normal, a pandemic and real estate. The pictures consist of five different sizes that contain consecutive or related narratives. Pen Union (Hana Kim & Sunwoo Hwang), a duo who have written and talked about many different ways of life and stories, add writings to these pictures. This chapter is a conversation between pictures and texts about issues that we can all relate to these days. In addition, we hope this chapter will provide an opportunity to reverse the stereotype that texts are clear and rational while pictures are an ambiguous and emotional way of expression.

Slowly with a turtle
Quickly with a crane
With a Turtle
With a Crane