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This show will travel to the Frumkin Gallery in Santa Monica opening on February 21st.

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Language is on e of our inventions\, essential in a socially organizing species. Creating a written format was a massive forward-thinking innovation enabling communi cation to be preserved\, transported and evolve trans-tribally. It also cre ated a visual format which could operate as a societal inside joke. Calligr aphic imagery became the basis for encoding references.

Artists enjoy exploiting our brain’s intent to make this association. Linear meande rings incite viewer tension as we strain to make sense of what we see. Dood les are read as possible hieroglyphic icons. And true text\, visually comfo rting because of its familiarity\, is exploited to become classic compositi onal tools of illusion as well as illustration.

Artists have us ed representation in their work since the earliest recorded images. The dyn amic ranges from the absolute of the landscape and portrait\, distorted int o abstraction and finally vanishing into minimalism. But what if we conside r text as another absolute form? Add to the list of subject matter\; a port rait\, a still-life\, a nude or a verb. The exhibited text works are more o ptical than literary by artists who traverse this rudimentary part of our b rains and invite us to meander in ours. While it’s clear that they all exhi bit a love of language\, they prefer to keep it at arms length.

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