Exhibit reads between the lines
The Sharon Arts Center, a division of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, will be hosting “con(TEXT),” an exhibition featuring art created with text from various re-purposed images and messages.
The exhibit will open with a reception on Sept. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Whether it is re-purposing found letters, tattoos, bombastic political statements, documenting intimate details or elusively abstracting a phrase, text incorporated within art offers a profound purpose by both redefining our perception of what language can be and what it can do. Often, by manipulating its context, text is freed to become a vehicle that allows us to take into consideration what was previously concluded.
The exhibit is being curated by NHIA alumnus Tim Donovan. He says of the exhibit, “We are all familiar with text, but taking it out of context, re-purposing it or making it elusive allows us to have a new experience with what is so common place,” Donovan said. “When I attended the New Hampshire Institute of Art, they not only enhanced my craft, they also encouraged me to explore, question and expand my boundaries on what creating could entail. In turn, I have invited many internationally recognized, mid-career and local artists who explore, question and expand their boundaries by utilizing text in their work.”
“con(TEXT)” will be open until Oct. 25. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.