WORD UP! A Survey of Recent Text Based Work
Opening Reception: September 10, 2011 6pm – 9pm
Language and words have become a common theme used in art today. Words have been incorporated into art starting from the European Middle Ages with Illuminated manuscripts. Nineteenth century American art used words in trompe-l’oeil paintings. The European Cubists affixed printed materials to their works. In the 1960s and 1970s American Pop artists appropriated text from everyday life. At the same time Conceptual artists utilized words as a way of making ideas the central component to their works. Since then artists have employed language and words for numerous reason. Words can serve as signs, function as metaphors or captions or as a part of interactive artworks involving dialogue, tell narratives, decode the structure of language itself, be employed for their formal qualities, and provide sociopolitical commentary. The works exhibited in this show are a survey of how words are incorporated into art in the past decade.