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Anagramation: a Multiplicity of Meanings

 

Our first featured exhibition Anagramation invites you to "use your words!" 

 

Since the dawn of time artists have used etched, drawn, and painted symbols to communicate both worldly and spiritual truths: to inform, amuse, and amaze. Whatever it’s original intent, symbolic language, just keeps on evolving. Artists, as well as the more quotidian bookkeepers and scribes who followed, have elaborated on and repurposed these ancient symbols in many different ways to arrive at a multiplicity of new meanings, including the development of written language, the ulimate tool of "symbolic repurposing." Next Picasso’s first featured exhibition, Anagramation takes a handful of very familiar symbols —the Alphabet — and invites our audience mix them up, to reconfigure them to suit their own ends.  To say what you want...

 

Joan Marie Giampa’s latest series, is the culmination of her long-term exploration of organic found objects and asemic writing. Anagramation is an exhibition of 13 paintings depicting roughhewn letters of the Alphabet, seemingly composed from an organic, naturally occurring font of windswept forest floor detritus. In actuality, the letters were initially configured from tulip tree twigs, gathered along local hiking trails, and then graphically rendered onto the canvas. Successive layers of painterly color were built up and then etched into, with the butt of a paint brush, creating exquisite surfaces, which seem more like the result of natural processes, like wind and water erosion, or soil stratification, than the human hand. 

 

The paintings themselves can be presented in any number of groupings, with a multiplicity of potential meanings. Hence the exhibition's title AnagramationAnagrams can be traced back to the time of Moses, as "Themuru" or changing, which was used to find the hidden and mystical meaning in names. Each time you reconfigure the paintings in new combinations they take on fresh meanings, the sum total having far greater implications than the individual parts. Fully formed words, nonsense syllables, intriguing word fragments, hints of asemic writing, scat syllables, coded acronyms, hipster slang, Dada wordplay, are just a few of the many possibilities in hanging these works. The exhibition will be reconfigured weekly to reflect the possibilities inherent in the letters. We also invite our audience to use the letters to make statements of their own: Anagramation Contest.

 

 
 
 

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