Words: Kevin McNamee-Tweed
Opening Reception: Friday, October 10, 7-10 pm
Exhibition: October 10 - October 31, 2015
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm or by appointment
Words is a series of drawings that explores language in visual terms. Drawn and painted with Sumi ink on Tan Rives BFK paper, the collection is united stylistically, although techniques and subject matter vary widely. Some of the pieces offer a magnified view of a word, typically with something askew, often to the point of blunt and thrilling stupidity. In other work, butchered colloquialisms are rendered in a heart-felt manner, immune to their idiocy and oblivious to their own revelation. Other pieces simply offer a chance to observe a newly conceived specimen of language burdened by its own dramatic scramble for definition. The collection as a whole embraces ambivalent and multiplicitous meanings and seeks to expose, mythologize, or reanimate words.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Punctum Books has published a book, also entitled Words, which compiles the entire collection of drawings from this series. Designed by the artist along with Jared Ritz and Max Koch, the 6.5” x 8.5”, 124 page book is printed in black and white on honeycomb paper to mimic the effect of the original drawings. Words was printed by Koch Printing in Austin, Texas.