TXT @ 707 Penn Gallery

Assistant curator of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Kate Little has selected the works of Gelnn Wonsettler, Dan Waber, Holland Williams and Eric Stern for the group show, TXT, which explores the multifaceted nature of our use of text. The exhibition opens at 707 Penn Gallery on Friday, September 17, 2010, with a reception from 5-7 p.m., and closes on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

“Glenn Wonsettler and Dan Waber employ acronyms and e-literature to challenge the viewer’s notion of our ever-changing contemporary language,” says Ms. Little. “And Holland Williams’ repetition of words and phrases depict aesthetically pleasing patterns while Eric Stern’s text layers formulate abstract imagery. The collective visual impression of these artists, I hope, will leave viewers with a new sense of how they engage with the written word on a daily basis.”

Eric Stern graduated from UC Berkely with a BA in philosophy.  He received his MFA in painting and sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  While living in New York City, he worked for the James Cohan Gallery.  Upon returning to his native Pittsburgh, he and his wife opened brillobox.

Dan Waber is a partner in Paper Kite Press Studio & Gallery, founder of vispoets.com http://vispoets.com, publisher of the “this is visual poetry” series, and Contributing Editor of Visual Poetry for Rattle magazine. He has had his own text art exhibited worldwide, including The Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 1 and the textbook The Art of English. He has written more sestinas than there are particles in the known universe and makes his online home at logolalia.com http://logolalia.com

Holland Williams has long focused on the use of text as subject and sign.  As a child, he was surrounded by books and literature with two English Professors for parents, whom created a culture of reading in the household.  “This instilled in me a love of a beautifully crafted poem, paragraph or novel, as well as the joy of a word play and punning,” he notes. Mr. Williams cites the following influences in his work: Cy Twombly, semiotics, the Existential stance presented by Abstract Expressionism and Modernism, as well as artists Suzanne McClelland, Sue Williams, Beatriz Milhazes and Mary Heilmann. Mr. Wonsettler seeks to address issues of gender, healing and power through the exploration of the relationship between the text and image.

Glenn Wonsettler utilizes acronyms that originate from internet communiqué (even as they now find ubiquity in spoken language) in his works documenting the self and environment not only by their verbiage, but also the appropriation and documentation of a language of constant flux. The works on canvas act as both portraits of society and also of the artist himself and others close to him. He writes, “The  decorated album covers come from a desire to repurpose items on the edge of being lost visually (and physically) forever as each new media for recording the human condition is invented and improved and eventually replaces those that came before.”

Gallery Details:
707 Penn Gallery is a Visual Arts project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Located at 707 Penn Avenue in the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District, the gallery is free and open to the public. For more information call (412) 325-7017 or visit pgharts.org.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.