R/W: Reading & Writing Visual Experience
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Where and When
Location: Hicks Art Center Gallery
Artists Play with Words in Latest Hicks Art Center Gallery Show
‘R/W: Reading & Writing Visual Experience’ runs Jan. 22 – March 8 in Newtown; Free events are scheduled Feb. 5 and March 4.
The Hicks Art Center Gallery at Bucks County Community College proudly presents R/W: Reading & Writing Visual Experience from January 22 through March 8. Featuring the works of nine artists, the exhibition explores the uses of reading and writing – from punctuation to publication – in contemporary art.
Amid the rapid expansion of social media, guest curator Gerard Brown has observedthat we all live in a written world, constantly inscribing and decoding our surroundings.
“There is more writing around us than at any other point in human history, as 230 million tweeters send 200 million 140-charcter messages each day, as our statuses are endlessly updated, as robots text us and auto-replies soar through the ether,” Brown said. “Given their prevalence in our world, it comes as no surprise that artists are making use of language in general and writing in particular in their work, and that galleries are no strangers to the written world.”
R/W: Reading & Writing Visual Experience features works by Aubrie Costello, Marianne Dages, Sharka Hyland, Martha McDonald, Martha Rich, Sheryl Ridenour, Matthew Sepielli, Rebecca Targ, and Susan White.
Free events include an artist talk with Martha McDonald and Susan White from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, in the Gallagher Room of the Rollins Center. That will be followed by a gallery reception in the Hicks Art Center from 5 to 7 p.m., including a curator’s gallery talk at 6 p.m.
The spoken word is featured on Tuesday, March 4, when there will be a poetry reading and artist talk with Matthew Sepielli, Kevin Varrone, and Claire Wilcox at 7 p.m. in the Music & Multimedia Center.
The Hicks Art Center Gallery is located on Bucks County Community College’s campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking. Gallery hours are Monday and Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. Admission to the gallery and all events is free. For more information, visit www.bucks.edu/gallery or call 215-968-8425.
The Hicks Art Center Gallery receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.