|By Liz Reyna|
Scene exhibit explores art of language in print
Whether nested in a tangle of grapevines, bound in a book or blinking in an optical illusion, the textual work of more than 15 artists displayed at Scene Metrospace speaks novels about this new dimension of art.
The work is part of “Word Play,” a graphic, sculptural and structural exhibit about the promise and beauty of language on exhibit through Aug. 23 at the East Lansing gallery.
"The art in the show uses mediums that transcend what people think about typical works of art," said Tim Lane, director of Scene Metrospace.
"I think what the pieces have going for them is an experience of interaction between the viewer and the pieces," Gaydos said. "It’s not just passive viewing; for many of the pieces, people are asked to engage so that they could have the possibility to experience the piece in a million different ways."
Gadyos takes the interactive experience further with a piece featuring eight cardboard letters, which spell out the exhibit’s namesake, stacked together in the front of the gallery. For Gaydos, the piece is a hands-on way to display the playfulness of language.
"The cardboard letter forms seem commonplace, but the material which they are made of seems to harken back to childhood, and we hope that the people who come to show move them around, make new words and play with them,” Gaydos said. “And hopefully it won’t be just children doing it, either.”
Although the show has been up for less than a week, Gaydos said the connection between art and language has already taken effect on several of the artists. The show destroys labels, he said, as many under the lumpsum title of “artists” in this show consider themselves anything from designers to craftspeople to poets.