Morag Myerscough & Charlotte Rawlins (b.1963 and 1972)
'Has anybody seen Mike Hunt?' pink neon 26.5 x 97 x 7 cm. (10 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.) Executed in 2004
London, The British Museum, 26 Letters, Illuminating the Alphabet, October December 2004, illustrated in the catalogue, pp 24 & 25
In 2004 the writers group 26 teamed up with the International Society of Typographic Designers, pairing members from each to explore the concept of language through the individual letters of the alphabet. The result was an exhibition 26 Letters, Illuminating the Alphabet, held at The British Library, a fascinating exercise, conceptual, intellectual and occasionally humorous.
One contribution, however, sparked controversy, as reported by the press. This was Morag Myerscough and Charlotte Rawlins project for the letter C. Rawlins recounts the genesis as follows:
We thought a good place to go next would be to canvass opinions on C among our friends and colleagues. An email went out to 50 of them and their responses immediately flooded back. Once again, the first constant was the presence of contrast and extremes. To see, the sea, bright blue, sunshine, vitamin C and vivid oranges and yellows on the one hand; the congestion zone and the dreaded grade C on the other. In among all these associations, the other constant was the C word.
C, after all, is almost unique in having its own word. The C word. The hardest word of all. In fact, theres only one other letter that has its own word and thats F but no ones that scared of using the F word these days.
We agreed that our presentation of the C word would be our best illustration and expression of the soft and hard extremes of C. Morag and Charlotte bring you Has anybody seen Mike Hunt? a lads gag played out by women. To play further with the male-female and soft-hard theme, weve chosen to style our lads gag in a soft pink subversion of a neon girlie-show sign.