Character Generator, a group exhibition curated by The Kitchen’s Matthew Lyons, is a straightforward overview of connotations that text-based artworks may evoke. Employing language as raw substance, the included works play off deliberate omissions, unusual juxtapositions, and systematic restructuring.
Many of the pieces share an interactive trait that requires the viewers’ participation for their completion. This is perhaps epitomized by Emily Roysdon’s eyeglasses Surprise...You're Pregnant! (2007-2009), in which the viewer is the receiver of the humorous and provocative statements scribbled along the eyeglasses’ frame. Owing to their reliance on one’s relative familiarity with language, the included works inevitably provide an open-ended platform for visitors to explore elements of their identity—thus extending the works’ reach into the world of personal knowledge and histories.
Images: Shannon Ebner, Untitled (2008), Courtesy of the Artist and Wallspace, New York; Dave McKenzie, Politics is the Art of Compromise (2008), Courtesy of the Artist; Emily Roysdon, Surprise...You're Pregnant! (2007-09), Courtesy of the Artist.
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