Gallery Neptune and Brown is pleased to announce "Art in (Con)text"--an online exhibition of works from the gallery's collection featuring language as fine art. Hosted by Artsy, the show can be viewed online beginning August 1, 2018. "Art in (Con)text" brings together works by nine artists who explore the expressive qualities of text. The artists manipulate language in all its various forms, using letters as abstract compositional building blocks, standalone words, and reproductions of historical documents. Incorporating both handwritten and printed text in a variety of media and scales, "Art in (Con)text" simultaneously analyzes the power inherent in language and the abstract formal qualities of text.
Each artist featured in the exhibition produces work with differing intent. While Jenny Holzer’s "AKA" confronts the power of censored language by reproducing large blocks of redacted text, William Boshoff's "Oneiropomist" maintains full phrases but forgoes traditional written formats to create a visual map of a definition. Glenn Ligon takes this one step further, creating an abstract composition using individual letters. Paul Villinksi's "Yes" and Ed Ruscha's "IF" each highlight a single commonly used word, creating bold statements through their visual presentation. Focusing primarily on color, Jennifer Bartlett uses screenprinted lettering in dotted grids to re-create the text of fragmented dialogue from her dreams. Johannes Wohnseifer embeds a printed phrase in his print "Food is Evil" to comment explicitly on eating disorders. Finally, Adam Pendleton’s "The Refusal Work" and David Levine’s "Lisa Blount's Silver Apples" reclaim and repurpose entire documents to initiate reading within the context of fine art, fostering new associations and interpretations. These text-based images bridge the gap between the verbal and the visual, combining humor, political commentary, formal aesthetics, and composition.
Featuring David Levine, William Boshoff, Paul Villinski, Johannes Wohnseifer, Ed Ruscha, Adam Pendleton, Jenny Holzer, Jennifer Bartlett, and Glenn Ligon, "Art in (Con)text" brings together a notable range of widely exhibited and internationally recognized artists whose work exemplifies the complexity of textual imagery. Retaining extraordinary aesthetic value, the works in this exhibition join form and meaning to reveal a multitude of contemporary concerns.