How it started: letters in relief, white-on-white, but lacking the symmetry of the Modernist grid.
The irregular line of the text is imperfect, somewhat unruly, too independent, falling below manufacturer’s standards. The failure to plan ahead and fit the words onto the banner lies entirely with the artist. This effort is sub-par, childish, and inadequate.
“Feel better” is a standardized reaction to negative emotions, a cliché, part of the “slang of our culture” (Lionel Trilling). The text is too large, billboard-sized, exhorting readers to action. This unwieldy object tries to affect emotional change. The inadequacies of this text to conform to higher standards subsumes its ability to accomplish that which it demands.
Gustav Klimt, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” 1907, Neue Galerie, New York