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Michael Winkler

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Lima, Ohio

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New York

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New York


spelled-forms painting abstract conceptual language-based drawing


The Abstract Forms in the Paintings Above are Information-Preserving Visual Transformations of the Spelling of Words

"To generate visual transformations of the spelling of words, the 26 letters of the Roman Alphabet are treated as a uniqely-spaced circle of 26 points--each point represents the location of a specific letter. When lines are drawn which connect the letter-points in the sequence of the spelling of a word, an abstract form is produced"--for more information on how the spelled-forms are generated, see the About page of the artist's website ( Michael Winkler has been visually and conceptually exploring spelled-forms for over 30 years using the same process.

The work's relation to some newly emerging ideas in cultural theory is discussed in: "New Discoveries Should Reopen the Discussion of Signs"

The article can be viewed on-line at:


Biographical Information

Awards: National Arts Fellow, Fellow of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Line Grant Recipient, and Special Members Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Work has been featured in art and literary journals such as Rampike Magazine, and in books such as Imagining Language (Rasula & McCaffery, MIT Press, 1998). Exhibitions have been presented in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Major exhibitions include: Alignments, an installation at Galeria AT, Academy of Fine Art, Poznan, Poland; a large-scale wall installation in Poetic Positions at the Kassel Art Museum in Germany; and a 20 year survey at the Rosenwald Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Center, University of Pennsylvania. Work is included in the permanent collections of various art and literary institutions such as: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach (extensive collection); India's National Institute of Design; and the King Stephen Museum in Hungary.

For info on the artist's current activities, visit:


Recent Exhibits

Michael Winkler participated in these exhibits:

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