ELIZABETH R. MEARS AND
L. LINDSEY MEARS
1046 w. fulton market, Chicago, il 60607
312.243.2780 / www.functionart.com
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Symbols & Language
Friday May 4, 2007
public reception 5-8 pm
continues through June 16.
While it can be argued at all visual art is intended to convey
meaning, it is especially true of text art. All too often however,
the art consists solely of the text itself. In this exhibition,
each of the works communicates on multiple levels; the 5 featured
artists incorporate text into their works, but as a supplement
- adding additional layers of meaning.
for example the work by Mike
Rollins (NY). Rollin's work is composed from stock
ticker symbols from the NYSE, presented in the long thin format
we're all used to seeing. Each smbol, with its attendant value,
has meaning - that is, the selling price for that particular stock
at a given moment in time. But stringing them together, as Rollins
does, to form phrases ranging from the pithy and familiar to obscure
literature, presents known information in a new way, asking us
to ascribe new meaning to the visual language we understand. Additionally,
his use of color and distortion “enables me to subversively
communicate a highly personal content. I want to see how far I
can push the system before it turns into something new.”
Hansen takes snippets of text and bits of images
we recognize from advertising, and combines them in ways that
tell additional stories. Beyond evoking the nostalgia of Route
66, Hansen’s works ask that we consider a social issue such
as our appropriation of Native American icons and phrases (“Indiana
Indian”), or artificial stereotypes of females in society
Milne (IL), the approach is more one of documentation.
Milne endeavors in his works to record every “something”,
and present it in a way we can wrap our collective mind around.
For example, “Family” illustrates the interconnectedness
of family members and their relationships to one another –
while recording every hour each member has been alive. The resulting
work appears as a tapestry, furthering the message of interweaving.
family-related effort comes from mother-daughter team Elizabeth
R. and L. Lindsey Mears. Their glass “books”
incorporate both text and images, combining with the overall sculptural
form for a compelling, cohesive representation of human interaction
with and stewardship of Nature. While the text in these works
is perhaps the most forthright in the exhibition, that by no means
diminishes the impact.
the most subtle-use-of-text-award must go to Megan
Murphy who painstakingly lays down layers of text
and imagery in her works, only to reduce them to faint ghosts,
illegible yet with a strong presence.
will open with a free public reception on
Friday May 4, from 5-8 pm
and continue through June 16.
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