Word Play

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Word Play
Curated by: Stephanie Chefas

11527 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
June 29th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Opening: June 29th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

santa monica/venice
W-F 11-6, Sat 1-5, or by appointment
modern, pop, graffiti/street-art, sculpture, mixed-media, conceptual


Design Matters is proud to present “Word Play”, a conversational group exhibition

featuring 7 conceptual artists handpicked by Contemporary Art Curator Stephanie

Chefas. The exhibit showcases a collection of mixed media, acrylic, neon, and textile

works by artists Ben Venom, Greg Lamarche, Gregory Siff, Meg Hitchcock, Meryl

Pataky, Shawn Huckins, and RERO.


Since the 1960s, language has been a fundamental tool for conceptual artists in

emphasizing ideas over visual form to fuel creativity. Using words, phrases, and

sentences to tackle topical issues of popular culture, significant artists of the late

twentieth century such as Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Glen Ligon, have

consistently given text a prominent role in art.


“Word Play” gathers some of the most innovative contemporary artists whose

inherent aesthetic is heavily influenced by the written word. Though informed by their

artistic predecessors, each artist is a product of his or her time. Their use of

language and image expands the boundaries of art and confounds visual

interpretation while simultaneously incorporating the lexicon of our modernistic



About the Curator:

Stephanie Chefas is founder and curator of the art website Platinum Cheese as well

as an online contributor to the highly regarded New Contemporary Art Magazine, Hi-

Fructose. In addition to her online ventures, Chefas curates several exhibitions

annually that highlights a diverse group of emerging and established artists with an

emphasis on cultivating new talent. For more information about the curator, visit


The opening reception for “Word Play” takes place Saturday, June 29th from 7-10pm

at Design Matters Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will

be on view through July 27th