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Arena 1 Gal lery is pleased to present “Illiterature\, a group e xhibition curated by Mark Carter\, which will present works in various medi a that utilize text and text-like imagery for visual\, graphic\, illustrati ve and contemplative ends rather than a literal dialog.

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Humans develop the propensity to recognize and read tex t in childhood. Our malleable brain\, when introduced to the composition of written language\, imprints the concept that symbols scribed in lines ough t to be read. Language is one of our inventions and essential in a socially organized species enabling communication to be preserved and to evolve tra ns-tribally. Calligraphic imagery became the basis for encoding references.

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These artists enjoy exploiting our brain’s intent to make this association. Linear meanderings incite tension as we strain to make sense of what we see. Doodles are read as possible hie roglyphic icons. And true text\, visually comforting because of its familia rity\, has become classic compositional tools of illusion as well as illust ration.  Perhaps the range of subject types from the absolute of the landscape and portrait through abstraction and minimali sm needs to expand and include nouns and verbs. While it’s clear that these artists exhibit a love of language\, they prefer to keep it at arms length .

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