Write Now: Artists and Letterforms

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© Courtesy of Chicago Cultural Center
Write Now: Artists and Letterforms

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
September 30th, 2011 - April 29th, 2012
Opening: September 30th, 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Michigan Ave/Downtown
Mon-Thu 9-7; Fri-Sat 9-6; Sun 10-6
textiles, printmaking, photography, video-art, sculpture


For as long as there have been alphabets artists have explored the letterform, employing the fundamental element of written communication in many ways other than the setting of text. This exhibition presents recent works using letters and text in painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.  Included in this exhibition is a Fluxus project with international submissions of mail art and concrete poetry.

The exhibition features more than 40 exhibitors--predominantly, but not exclusively, Chicago-based--including Jo Hormuth, Rick Valicenti, Ken Fandell, Jason Lazarus, Mario Gonzalez, Jr., Michael Thompson, Buzz Spector, Jason Pickleman, Joel Ross, Mike Genovese and more.

"Write Now: Artists and Letterforms" is a major exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, that showcases a diverse range of recent works by more than 60 artists utilizing letters and text in a wide array of mediums.


Featuring primarily existing work, along with some exhibit-specific installations, the artists exhibited are predominantly, but not exclusively, Chicago-based, and range from well-established to neophyte. Among the expansive survey of styles and mediums is painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and video.

Joel Ross lights up the exhibition with his Torture Sounds Incredible LED installation; Chicago photographer Doug Fogelson presents a new work titled Dissolve; Aviva Alter presents Shield, a textile work made of recycled materials; Jason Messinger presents Nine Letterfields, a ceramic work consisting of 2”x12” tiles and glazes on wood backer frames; and Dan Grzeca presents a silkscreen image titled @MayorEmanuel. Rick Valicenti, recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Communcations Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, presents Sumi Calligraphy, an extraordinary ink on paper artwork.

The Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project is showcased in one section of the exhibition, featuring work by more than 100 artists from international Fluxus and Mail Art communities who submitted artwork via the postage system.