OPENING: MAY 28 | 6 PM TO 9 PM CLOSING: JUNE 28
Language and text were important tools for the Conceptual artists of the 1960s, many of whom used text in place of more expected subjects, giving words a primary role in their emphasis on ideas over visual forms. Though text had been used in art long before this, artists like Joseph Kosuth were among the first to give words such a central role. The appearance of the words plays a role in text art, but it is the artist themselves who ultimately decides whether aesthetic or message is the primary focus.
Pieces in the exhibition feature text as the main element or can include text in a way that contributes to the overall aesthetic or statement. Text is represented in traditional or unexpected media, make up the dominant or only element of a work, come from deconstructed books, have reference to technology and communication, offer insight into the various forms of language, are used in collage or assemblage, or come from created books and art journals. All media are represented.