The Haunted Word at CB1 Gallery
The Haunted Word
Curated by John Souza
CB1 Gallery is pleased to present The Haunted Word, an exhibition, curated by John Souza, of works by seven California based artists whose wide-ranging interests draw attention to the ways spoken and written words combine with images to carry personal beliefs and social vulnerabilities. The show includes work by York Chang, Kip Fulbeck, Norm Laich, Joseph Lee, Suzanne Oshinsky, Carter Potter, and Evelyn Serrano. The exhibition opens on July 9, 2010 and closes on August 20, 2011. A reception for the artists will be held at the gallery on Saturday, July 9, 2011, 5 – 8 p.m. In addition, a panel discussion featuring the curator and artists in the exhibition will be held on Sunday, July 24 at 3 p.m.
The exhibition will consist of works on paper, paintings, photographs, and videos that reference mental and emotional states running with language inside a framework of socially conditioned reactions. Each artist positions their personal experience in a setting of either real or fictitious social events that are in some way partly expressed through verbal or written language. In each case, the primary subject matter is reduced to a sparse delineation, while placing an emphasis on its complexity and confusion. The work signals the collective dangers we face in daily life, as it points to our former associations, now lost and romanticized, with the supremacy of the natural world as a site for yearning and terror. The artists illuminate the slippage between ideas and the words needed to control and convey them within shared environments that tend to clutter our instincts and emotional intellect.
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