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Read Me! Text in Art

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13 November 2003 All the signs on a walk to the Cheshire Cheese to meet Simon English, 2004 Digital C Print 140x285cm
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Read Me! Text in Art
Curated by: Malik Gaines

145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
December 9th, 2007 - February 24th, 2008
Opening: December 8th, 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.armoryarts.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
pasadena/glendale
EMAIL:  
information@armoryarts.org
PHONE:  
626.792.5101
OPEN HOURS:  
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
ARTS ORGANIZATION:  
Armory Center for the Arts

DESCRIPTION
Included in this exhibition are works by artists that picture words, letters or written text. Contemporary urban life is wrapped in language. From the negotiation of public space to the forms of our innermost thoughts, words shape the world. While theories of Western art have occasionally sent language to the sidelines of aesthetic pleasure, the vast history of art—from illuminated texts to silk rugs; from calligraphy to conceptual art—has held a central place for the well-wrought word. The artists assembled for this group exhibition wield words as content and form, making visual statements that can be nonsensical or serious, activist or frivolous, and sometimes all of these at once. Speaking through videos, drawings, paintings, collage, textiles, and photographs, these works ask the viewer to “Read Me.”