The Roxbury Arts Group will open an exhibit, “Do You Read Me?”, curated by Beth Caspar, according to a media release.
The show involves “work that uses text in forms that aren’t meant to be read in the conventional sense, literally can’t be read, or are contextually ambiguous.” It will take place in the Walt Meade Gallery at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road
“The familiarity of words and the expectations of language have been turned on their head, challenging the viewer to experience the images and objects as something other than narrative and simply engage with the formal elements that comprise them and/or the irony they convey” said Caspar in the media release.
“The ‘vocabulary’ one encounters is a visual one comprised of pattern, shape, color, texture, tonality, and materiality. And any message conveyed by it is best experienced not in a linear way but as something more akin to a gestalt or Zen koan.”
“Visual art has a gift of crossing language barriers” said Samantha Nick, grants and community coordinator for the Roxbury Arts Group, in the media release. “The fact this exhibit challenges language yet again by using text to create visual art exposes a contrast between the two, being both jarring and complimentary.”
Artists whose work is in the upcoming exhibit include: Beth Caspar, John Huddleston, Tamiko Kawata, Hedi Kyle, Judy Linn and Wanda Siedlecka.
Artists will be present at the opening reception at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and there be an artist talk at 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 15 at the Roxbury Arts Center, at 5025 Vega Mountain Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and by appointment, through Feb. 15.
Visit roxburyartsgroup.org or call 607-326-7908 for more information.