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San Francisco

Limn Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Curated by: Mark Carter
290 Townsend
San Francisco, CA 94107

November 1st, 2008 - January 3rd, 2009
November 7th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
1/08/2008, Michael Joaquin GreyMichael Joaquin Grey, 1/08/2008,
2008, ink on paper, 17 x 14
Handdruming (Persian 7), Stefana McClureStefana McClure, Handdruming (Persian 7),
2008, teflon mounted on museum board, 13.25 x 13.25 inches
Cody on Cage on Joyce, CODY TREPTECODY TREPTE, Cody on Cage on Joyce,
2008, CD, variable
Fibonacci Scroll, Masako TakahashiMasako Takahashi, Fibonacci Scroll,
2008, human hair on silk panel, 14.5 x 52 inches
Drift #24, Mark Lawrence StaffordMark Lawrence Stafford, Drift #24,
2007, typewriter ink on paper, 9 x 9 inches
Whites, Duston SpearDuston Spear, Whites,
2005, oil on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Incunabula 1, Larissa NowickiLarissa Nowicki, Incunabula 1,
2008, woven book pages with cotton thread, 11 x 8.5 inches
Man in the Park Smoking While Reading Newspaper, Greg MilneGreg Milne,
Man in the Park Smoking While Reading Newspaper,
2008, Inkjet photo on aluminum, 72 x 72 inches
Evaporate, Megan MurphyMegan Murphy, Evaporate,
2006, oil and photo on glass, 5 x 8 inches
Citron, Yael KanarekYael Kanarek, Citron,
2008, laser-cut rubber, glue, 50 x 50 inches
Language of Space Series, Essex Market, February 3, 2007, Stephanie LempertStephanie Lempert,
Language of Space Series, Essex Market, February 3, 2007,
2007, Inkjet print
Say Some Words, John HimmelfarbJohn Himmelfarb, Say Some Words,
2008, ink on paper, 42 x 81
Rumination (Red Caution), Linda HutchinsLinda Hutchins, Rumination (Red Caution),
2003, typing on paper
Superman 131.12, Wolfgang HerboldWolfgang Herbold, Superman 131.12,
2001, Lambda print/ Diasec on Forex and multiplex wood , 67 x 47 inches
wreading 2 (Edmund Jabes), Linda EkstromLinda Ekstrom, wreading 2 (Edmund Jabes),
ink on paper, 11 x 14 inches
Gone Fishing, Pamela BirminghamPamela Birmingham, Gone Fishing,
2007, ink, Mylar, fine paper , 12 x 8 inches
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Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
conceptual, video-art, digital, mixed-media, text

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

Language is one of our inventions, essential in a socially organizing species. Creating a written format was a massive forward-thinking innovation enabling communication to be preserved, transported and evolve trans-tribally. It also created a visual format which could operate as a societal inside joke. Calligraphic imagery became the basis for encoding references.

Artists enjoy exploiting our brain’s intent to make this association. Linear meanderings incite viewer tension as we strain to make sense of what we see. Doodles are read as possible hieroglyphic icons. And true text, visually comforting because of its familiarity, is exploited to become classic compositional tools of illusion as well as illustration.

Artists have used representation in their work since the earliest recorded images. The dynamic ranges from the absolute of the landscape and portrait, distorted into abstraction and finally vanishing into minimalism. But what if we consider text as another absolute form? Add to the list of subject matter; a portrait, a still-life, a nude or a verb. The exhibited text works are more optical than literary by artists who traverse this rudimentary part of our brains and invite us to meander in ours. While it’s clear that they all exhibit a love of language, they prefer to keep it at arms length.


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