Mutlu Çerkez, Emily Floyd, Marco Fusinato, Mike Parr, Rose Nolan, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Tom Nicholson, Ian Whittlesea, Grant Stevens
Word


Carriageworks
Word
, 2009
Installation view Anna Schwartz Gallery. Photography: Paul Green.
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Words are like time bombs.
Mike Parr

Seemingly insignificant words or phrases are separated from the stream of continuous talk (in art works) and given a fresh existence that can both transform and be transformed by the space they inhabit.
Rose Nolan

My specific interests are in how we construct and communicate our realities through various symbolic systems.
Grant Stevens

The exhibition WORD investigates the use of text in the work of 12 disparate artists (Anna Schwartz Gallery artists and others).

Text has been used during the 20th Century (and into the 21st) as a profoundly expressive tool in art making, ranging firstly from the cubist collages of Picasso and Braque, where cigarette packets and trompe l’oeil newspaper print were utlised, through to the pop paintings of Warhol and Rauschenberg, the emotional neon poetics of Tracey Emin and the rigor of Joseph Kosuth’s profoundly conceptual investigations in philosophy and linguistics. For many artists the use of text has become both a necessary and potent conceptual tool and a medium in itself.

WORD investigates textually based imperatives. Each work idiosyncratically probes the conceptual world surrounding (or prompted by) text, and the power that words and even individual letters, have as potent images in contemporary art practice – and the world.

The exhibition WORD, is not discursive but remains investigatory, in an attempt to regard questions rather than answers.

Tom Nicholson

Untitled Wall Drawing
, 2009
Pencil on wall
Dimensions variable

Ian Whittlesea

Cards
, 2009
Ink on card and plastic holder
14.8 x 21 cm, edition of 5

Ian Whittlesea

Everyone Gertrude Stein, Frank O’Hara, Peggy Guggenheim
, 2009
Looped projection
Edition of 3

Marco Fusinato

Parallel Collisions
, 2008
Mixed media on paper, framed
24 page score, 279.5 x 324 cm

Grant Stevens

Really Really
, 2007
Digital video, 3: 27 minutes
Edition 7/9

Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley

The Road
, 2008
Neon
50 x 220 cm

Rose Nolan

If you can’t see my mirrors I can’t see you
, 2009
Wood, cardboard, acrylic
10 placards, each approximately 300 x 18 cm

Peter Tyndall

Peter Tyndall Title detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something…. LOGOS/ HA HA Medium Medium A Person Looks At A Work of Art/ someone looks at something… CULTURAL CONSUMPTION PRODUCTION Date -1991- Artist Peter Tyndall
, 1991

Peter Tyndall

Peter Tyndall Title detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something…. LOGOS/ HA HA (for David Jones) Medium Medium A Person Looks At A Work of Art/ someone looks at something… CULTURAL CONSUMPTION PRODUCTION Date -1991- Artist Peter Tyndall
, 1991

Peter Tyndall

Peter Tyndall Title detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something…. LOGOS/ HA HA Medium Medium A Person Looks At A Work of Art/ someone looks at something… CULTURAL CONSUMPTION PRODUCTION Date -1991- Artist Peter Tyndall
, 1991

Mike Parr

A Rose by Another Name (Red Dread)
, 2009
DVD, stamp and template
Dimensions variable, edition of 1

Jenny Watson

After a fashion, with bag
, 2008
Acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed Thai cotton and silk pashmina

82 x 94 cm; 179 x 130 cm

Jenny Watson

Objectification
, 1991
Oil on red velvet, acrylic on cotton
170 x 100 cm and 35 x 28 cm

Mutlu Çerkez

Untitled: 23 February 2037
, 2005
Acrylic on paper, framed, 82.5 x 64 cm; DVD

Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley

Vittoria
, 2005
Acrylic and cauterised rubber on laminated plywood
155 x 61.5 cm

Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley

Riot Shield
, 2005
Laminated plywood
180 x 81 cm

Emily Floyd

The Outsider
, 2005
Wood, varnish, lacquer and acrylic paint

Dimensions variable