Spoleto poster draws mixed reviews

Spoleto Festival’s poster for 2013 has received mixed criticism.

This year’s Spoleto Festival poster, unveiled Tuesday, is drawing mixed results from the public, with some saying it’s calming while others just find it boring.

The design, “Angled Ring” by New York-based minimalist artist Robert Mangold, features a pastel red pentagon and a black circle drawn with pencil.

“I think it’s pretty simple,” said Mollie Bryant of North Charleston. “I don’t know what anyone would find offensive about it. It sort of reminds me of a full moon or a sunset or sunrise. It’s calming.”

While unveiling the poster, festival General Director Nigel Redden said he likes the idea that conflicting geometric shapes can come together.

“In some ways, that’s what we do,” he said.

When readers of The Post and Courier were asked for their opinions about the poster via Facebook, many felt it was plain and lacking the color that defines the festival.

“I hate it!!” wrote Jessica Hoffman of West Ashley. “It’s uninspiring and boring and doesn’t speak to me ... it’s completely opposite of what the festival is supposed to be about! Even the font of the writing is boring .... HORRIBLE!!!!”

“Angled Ring” is part of Mangold’s series Ring Paintings. The original piece is pastel and black pencil on paper.

The Spoleto poster is traditionally displayed throughout the city during the festival’s annual 17-day run. This year’s festival is May 24 to June 9 and features more than 160 performances in Charleston’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces. The poster, which sells for $25, is available by phone at 579-3100 or at the box office at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. For more information on Spoleto Festival USA, visit spoletousa.org.