Using typographic fonts, Internationally renowned artist Cecil Touchon creates abstractions coming from the collage tradition. His practice transforms the symbols of the written language into a form of visual architecture.
In this solo exhibition, subliteral poetics, Touchon explores the central paradox of language, whereby one can only understand the meaning of words by using other words. As the information age produces exponentially more data, our capacity to absorb text is diminished, and we are moving to more visual forms of communication. Touchon addresses this by reminding the viewer that written language was always based on abstract visual structures and that by returning to the aesthetic we can better contemplate this relationship. Cecil Touchon was born in Austin, Texas. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Throughout his career which spans over 30 years, Touchon has been collected worldwide and figures prominently in the Massurrealism movement. Touchon is a founding member of the 1987 Post- Dogmatist Group as well as a respected member of the Art Mail and Fluxus communities. Touchon's work was exhibited in the 2001 and 2009 Venice Biennale and can be found in more than 45 corporate and international collections. Touchon's paintings are also in the permanent collections of The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Art Institute and The Tate Modern.