The Word

The Word is a new body of sculptural/text based work that was exhibited at the Catharine Clark Gallery in October 2008. Much of the work in the exhibit originated from my personal challenge to make form from text. The sources for the texts are found notes, advertisements, my journals, desperate pleas on homeless signs, biblical quotes and the hate-talk heard on right wing talk radio shows. I often pair the found text with a medium that is often incompatible with the message--visual non-sequiturs that nonetheless uphold the meaning in the word.

In The Word, the texts act as visual symbols and the forms allow the viewer to uncover the irony, hypocrisy, absurdity—and often the beauty—of the message.

"The Word" exhibition
"The Word" exhibition

Exterior view of gallery windows. "Talk Radio" text installation. Vinyl sign material over glass. 25 panels, approximately 20.5" x 37.5" each.

"The Word" exhibition
"The Word" exhibition

Installation view with "Talk Radio" window installation and "Incant" sculpture.

"The Word" exhibition
"The Word" exhibition

Installation view with "Kinsman Redeemer" neon sign and "Nobody's Coming" concrete sculpture.

"The Word" exhibition
"The Word" exhibition

"Incant" and "Kinsmen Redeemer"

"Kinsman Redeemer" 2008
"Kinsman Redeemer" 2008

Wood, neon, electronic components, 48" x 56"

"Incant" 2008
"Incant" 2008

Cast plaster, gold leaf, ink transfer, 16" x 32" x 54"

"Incant" 2008
"Incant" 2008

Cast plaster, paint, gold leaf, ink transfer, 16" x 32" x 54"

"Incant" 2008
"Incant" 2008

Detail of text

"Nobody's Coming" 2008
"Nobody's Coming" 2008

Concrete, metal, silver leaf, each block: 12" x 12" x 12"

"Tipping Point" 2008
"Tipping Point" 2008

Metal, tinsel, wire, 24" x 96"

"Perfect Storm" 2008
"Perfect Storm" 2008

Metal, wood, dried mud, 18" x 48"

"Idle Hands" 2008
"Idle Hands" 2008

Plastic, paint, epoxy, 4" x 12" x 16"

"Asshat" 2008
"Asshat" 2008

Plaster, paint, silver leaf, wax, marble, 6" x 6" x 16"

"The Word" exhibition
"The Word" exhibition
"The Word" exhibition
"The Word" exhibition
"Kinsman Redeemer" 2008
"Incant" 2008
"Incant" 2008
"Incant" 2008
"Nobody's Coming" 2008
"Tipping Point" 2008
"Perfect Storm" 2008
"Idle Hands" 2008
"Asshat" 2008
"The Word" exhibition

Exterior view of gallery windows. "Talk Radio" text installation. Vinyl sign material over glass. 25 panels, approximately 20.5" x 37.5" each.

"The Word" exhibition

Installation view with "Talk Radio" window installation and "Incant" sculpture.

"The Word" exhibition

Installation view with "Kinsman Redeemer" neon sign and "Nobody's Coming" concrete sculpture.

"The Word" exhibition

"Incant" and "Kinsmen Redeemer"

"Kinsman Redeemer" 2008

Wood, neon, electronic components, 48" x 56"

"Incant" 2008

Cast plaster, gold leaf, ink transfer, 16" x 32" x 54"

"Incant" 2008

Cast plaster, paint, gold leaf, ink transfer, 16" x 32" x 54"

"Incant" 2008

Detail of text

"Nobody's Coming" 2008

Concrete, metal, silver leaf, each block: 12" x 12" x 12"

"Tipping Point" 2008

Metal, tinsel, wire, 24" x 96"

"Perfect Storm" 2008

Metal, wood, dried mud, 18" x 48"

"Idle Hands" 2008

Plastic, paint, epoxy, 4" x 12" x 16"

"Asshat" 2008

Plaster, paint, silver leaf, wax, marble, 6" x 6" x 16"

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