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Exhibition Detail
Clamoring to Become Visible
Curated by: Christine Spangler
111 Front Street
Suite 218
Brooklyn, NY 11201


February 5th, 2009 - June 26th, 2009
Opening: 
February 5th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
It\'s Actually Happening, Jen MayJen May, It's Actually Happening,
2008, Collage, 11 x 8.5 inches
© Jen May
, Lisa KellnerLisa Kellner
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On Thursday, February 5, 2009, BAC 

Gallery opens the group exhibition Clamoring to Become Visible, which examines 

how the written word interacts with and often replaces the normative notion of visual 

aesthetics within the gallery space. Often aesthetically subtle and intimate, the 

handwritten, embroidered, and collaged examples of text-based art selected for the 

exhibition represent fourteen contemporary artists’ attempts to explore everyday issues 

such as isolation, identity, spirituality, and communication. Carrying the fundamental 

commonality of language, the works revolve around an ideal of connectivity as it relates 

to artistic craft, self-inquiry, articulation and expression, and ultimately to our parallel 

human circumstance.  

 

Whether appropriated from popular culture, existing literary passages, or purposefully 

written by an individual artist, the utilization of language within the realm of contemporary 

visual arts presents specific challenges, both aesthetic and conceptual. Immediately 

contextualized as art when placed on the gallery wall, these text-based works have the 

communicative potential to engage their viewers on an intuitive level, convey specific 

humanistic or intellectual ideas, and provide challenging quandaries for their viewers to 

ponder.  If language inherently begs to be read, these text-based artworks represent the 

various possibilities for juxtaposition, dissonance, and cooperation when the words 

themselves become images.   

 

Exhibiting artists include Golnar Adili, Lauren Culbreth, Luke Gilford, Meg 

Hitchcock, Inge Hoonte, Lisa Kellner, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Jen May, Nesta Mayo, 

Jung Eun Park, Daniel Peterson, Michelle Provenzano, German Tagle, and Matt 

Wycoff.

 

FIRST THURSDAY PROGRAMING 

March 5, 6 - 8pm: Lingering Thoughts, a performance by Jennifer Mills 

 April 2, 6:30 - 8pm: Curatorial Talk and Artist Panel  

 May 7, 6:30 - 8pm: Film / Video Screening 

 June 4:  Extended gallery hours 6 - 8pm 

 


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