Throughout history, text has relied directly and heavily on visual images for its meaning with examples such as hieroglyphics and calligraphy. The first form of writing, Cuneiform, is characterized by a system of pictorial images. The letters of the alphabet we use today are no exception. They were first drawn and designed as twenty-six distinct visual symbols and each symbol represents an assigned sound. It is these visual symbols we arrange into words and enunciate as sound for meaning and comprehension. Based on this premise that text is visual, any written material can be contextualized as visual language.
St. Louis established and emerging artists explore the use of text in works of art through a variety of media. Curated by Yvonne Osei, Curator-in-Residence. ALL AGES
APR 5–MAY 19, 2019
Yvonne Osei, COCA Curator-In-Residence
Buzz Spector, internationally recognized artist and critical writer
Tate Foley, Assistant Professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University
Pacia Elaine Anderson, St. Louis-based written, spoken, visual, and teaching Word Artist