In the Instagram era, the relationship between images and text is tighter than ever. The millions of memes disseminated daily on other social media channels are further proof that a mixed media approach is attention-grabbing, highly relatable and therefore powerful. The new exhibition at Maddox Gallery, Between the Lines, will explore this; the symbiotic relationship between the written and visual mediums.
Featuring over 40 works from some of the greatest contemporary artists, the group exhibition showcases the power of text-based art right now. Using words to cut directly into juicy, modern issues such as Brexit, their identity as an artwork allows the responsibility for meaning to be transferred from the artist to the eye of the beholder. Take what you will from ‘I Want To Be Inside EU’ by The Connor Brothers and ‘Everybody Is Full Of Shit’ by Mel Bochner, but entertainment is guaranteed.
The revival of the written word has become a central point in the work of many artists. Harking back to the poetic cut-ups technique that was integral to William Burroughs’ practice in the 1960s, artists such as Harland Miller, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ed Ruscha have long incorporated and recontextualised phrases, advertising slogans, billboards and book titles to form a new narrative that is as immediate and impactful as colour and texture. Harland Miller‘s collection that is built upon a series of humorous book titles is worth making the trip alone. With the added dimension of the traditional written medium of books to digest, Miller keys into the popular trend for witty one-liners. ‘I Am The One I’ve Been Waiting For’ and ‘Can I Get Involved In your Crisis’ take on further poignancy alongside their visual accompaniments.
Between the Lines includes works by many eminent artists. Together they create a snapshot of the current cultural predisposition for text-based imagery. Tracey Emin, Christopher Wool, Ed Ruscha, Mel Bochner, Harland Miller, The Connor Brothers, Richard Prince, David Shrigley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy, Massimo Agostinelli, Grayson Perry, Brendan Murphy, Andy Warhol and Mr Brainwash all feature.
6-26 June 2019
Maddox Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2QE
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