THE PATINA OF CONSONANTS
The Main Gallery . March 12 – April 14, 2015
Opening Reception: March 12, from 7 pm – 10 pm
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton
Linda Carreiro, The patina of consonants In The Pleasure of the Text, Roland Barthes desires for written words to have the texture of their spoken counterparts. He imagines “a text where we can hear the grain of the throat, the patina of consonants, the voluptuousness of vowels.” Building on this idea, the exhibition explores text as a sensuous, playful material, where such character emerges. Revealing the means by which words are fabricated, the exhibition traces emergent wordplay and the bodily imprint of making. Hand-done letterforms reveal imperfections and variations, showing text as malleable matter acted upon by the body. The visual movement of letters throughout the pieces conveys language as unfixed and manipulable, something formed and re-formed. Positioned in corners, near the floor or suspended from the ceiling, reading is experienced in an alternate way. ‘The patina of consonants’ asks viewers to engage language as both conceptual and physical material, something embodied, sensate and shifting with each reader.
Linda Carreiro has exhibited her text-based works in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, most recently TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, and an upcoming show at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. She has been the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, as well as numerous research grants from the University of Calgary, where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art.