From the Chicago Cultural Center Website:
"Write Now: Artists and Letterforms" is a major exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, that showcases a diverse range of recent works by more than 60 artists utilizing letters and text in a wide array of mediums.
Featuring primarily existing work, along with some exhibit-specific installations, the artists exhibited are predominantly, but not exclusively, Chicago-based, and range from well-established to neophyte. Among the expansive survey of styles and mediums is painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and video.
Joel Ross lights up the exhibition with his Torture Sounds Incredible LED installation; Chicago photographer Doug Fogelson presents a new work titled Dissolve; Aviva Alter presentsShield, a textile work made of recycled materials; Jason Messinger presents Nine Letterfields, a ceramic work consisting of 2”x12” tiles and glazes on wood backer frames; and Dan Grzeca presents a silkscreen image titled @MayorEmanuel. Rick Valicenti, recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Communcations Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, presents Sumi Calligraphy, an extraordinary ink on paper artwork.
The Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project is showcased in one section of the exhibition, featuring work by more than 100 artists from international Fluxus and Mail Art communities who submitted artwork via the postage system.
- Opening Reception: Friday, September 30from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Chicago Rooms. The event is free and open to the public.
- Artist Talk: Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. " Write Now" artists Mike Genovese, Christine Tarkowski and Bernard Williams will led an artist discussion in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission is free.