Rowan University Art Gallery
Exhibit explores contradictions, hidden meaning, ideologies of language
GLASSBORO, NJ. A multi-media group exhibition examining the internal contradictions, hidden meaning and implicit ideologies of language begins the new Rowan University Art Gallery season from September 3 - October 8, 2013. A reception to welcome the exhibit is Thursday, September 12 from 5:30 – 8 pm.
"Dialogic," curated by Gallery Director Mary Salvante, includes pieces by Jenny Holzer, Glenn Ligon, Jaume Plensa, Lesley Dill, John Giorno, Keith Brand, Erik den Breejen, DataSpaceTime, Bang Geul Han, Barbara Hashimoto, Meg Hitchcock, Dawn Kramlich, Melanie McLain, Ben Pranger, Buy Shaver, Chris Vecchio and Sue White.
"How language is perceived, communicated and translated is informed by the visual qualities and symbolic power of the texts, words and poetic phrasings incorporated into the video, soundscapes, interactive tech-works, sculpture, paintings and works on paper included in this exhibition," Salvante notes.
The work by Holzer, Ligon, Shaver and Kramlich reproduce text as aphorisms, precepts and dictums to influence the thoughts and actions of the viewer. Giorno's groundbreaking Dial-A-Poem project, Brand's exterior soundscape, McLain's performative video, DataSpaceTime's QR code mural, Han's motion activated video and Vecchio's public art action and interactive works focus on the physical and aural complexities of language. The sculpture, paintings, works on paper and installations by Dill, Plensa, Hashimoto, Hitchcock, den Breejen, Pranger and White deconstruct and recontextualize language by reimagining the systems of communication found in advertising, books, Braille, poetry, Morse code and scripture.