Visit Write Now at the Chicago Cultural Center
December 20, 2011 by James
The Write Now: Artists and Letterforms exhibit is appearing at the Chicago Cultural Center until April 29. Admission is free and the Center is open seven days a week.
The exhibit features over 60 artists who have used letters and text in their artworks. Media covered are painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photographs, pamphlets and video. Artist Rick Valicenti will be featured with his work “Sumi calligraphy” which is ink on paper. The Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project is also featured; it showcases the work of over 100 artists from Fluxus and Mail Art communities who submitted artwork through the mail. Other artists or groups featured include Erik DeBat, Jaume Plensa, John Pobojewski, Karen Reimer, Concrete Poetry, Bud Rodecker, Matt Rose, Industry of the Ordinary and Catherine Bouzide.
Letterforms have been used in art since the beginning; there is artistry inherent in each font and letterform that artists have been exploiting for generations. They can sometimes make a complete work of art out of repeating one letter over and over again. Often artists get their inspiration from advertising. That is a two-way street because often design and printing companies will draw on fine art for their inspiration. Those in the printing field in Chicago and nearby suburbs such as Morton Grove will probably be very interested in seeing these examples of the use of letterforms.
Artworks that feature letterforms can be dramatic and can make a great statement just as much as those that feature figures or landscapes. Those who love the word also love to see the word portrayed in everyday life. If you are one of those people, this is the exhibit for you.