Scream Gallery presents Telling Tales, an eclectic group exhibition of international artists whose practice includes words and language.
Text is used to convey personal and discursive narratives through a variety of mediums including neon, salvaged metal, collage, silicone, foam and religious text.
Witty and thought-provoking, Telling Tales emphasises the power of communication when words and images are combined. Text is to be looked at, but contain meanings beyond their physical composition. Isolated words or statements produce a paradox that transcends context and the limits of language.
Sally Fuerst redefines contemporary portraiture by painting beautiful women alongside humorous mobile phone text speak. A woman holds the ballon word ‘YOLO’ (You Only Live Once) above her head. The meaning of this acronym is subject to the viewer’s personal association with the word. Like most people, I became familiar with the expression when rapper Drake coined it in his 2011 song ‘The Motto.’ The global popularity of ‘YOLO’ ensured its entry into The Oxford Dictionary in 2012.
In a completely different form, Meg Hitchcock uses sacred text to convey the idea that all spiritual traditions and values depart from the same source. Hand-cut religious text from The Bible and The Quran are reconfigured into Mandala-like patterns. The words recreate popular hymns and prayers and suggest that all faiths are connected, the human condition is one, and that this is universally understood.
Yael Kanarek’s practice shows how language and numerals define our reality. She uses silicone sculptures to demonstrate the shift from analogue to ‘our’ digital age of information overload. Built-up layers of words in different languages and fonts form sound-bites arranged in a red concentric circle.