It is only when language breaks down that we are forced to acknowledge its limitations as a communicative device. This fact, far from stifling artists, often affords an opportunity to point beyond language boundaries to examine alternate modes of communicative potential. At Arts Project, the use of text as a pictorial device has often been used to express the difficulty and ambiguity apparent in different forms of communication: captioned images, automatic writing, abstracted text and pieces of poetry all regularly appear in the work of many Arts Project artists.
Curated by Tom Pendergast and showing during Melbourne Writers Festival, I Think I Split My Tongue considers the unique role of language in the work of Arts Project studio artists.
Featuring works by: Dionne Canzano, Boris Cipusev, Leo Cussen, Cameron Gresswell, Adrian Lazzaro and Fiona Longhurst, Will McConnell, Rebecca Scibilia, Laura Sheehan, Mark Smith, Jimmy Tran and Terry Williams.
Opening speaker: Varia Karipoff, Print Editor, Art Guide Australia
Exhibition: 27 July – 14 September 2019
Opening: Saturday 27 July, 3-5pm
Coinciding with this exhibition is Warren O’Brien Solo.
This exhibition is supported by Leonard Joel and Art Guide Australia.
Image | Adrian Lazzaro, Not titled (scene on tracing paper #1), 2013, fine liner on tracing paper, 15 x 21 cm