September 3 - October 8, 2013
Rowan University Art Gallery
Mary Salvante, curator

This exhibition explores contradictions, hidden meaning, ideologies of language

Junk Mail Ball, shredded junk mail, cotton thread | 3 x 3 x 3 inches | 2012

“Dialogic,” curated by Mary Salvante, includes pieces by Jenny Holzer, Glenn Ligon, Jaume Plensa, Lesley Dill, John Giorno, Keith Brand, Erik den Breejen, DataSpaceTime, Bang Geul Han, Barbara Hashimoto, Meg Hitchcock, Dawn Kramlich, Melanie McLain, Ben Pranger, Buy Shaver, Chris Vecchio and Sue White.

“How language is perceived, communicated and translated is informed by the visual qualities and symbolic power of the texts, words and poetic phrasings incorporated into the video, soundscapes, interactive tech-works, sculpture, paintings and works on paper included in this exhibition,” Salvante notes.

The work by Holzer, Ligon, Shaver and Kramlich reproduce text as aphorisms, precepts and dictums to influence the thoughts and actions of the viewer. Giorno’s groundbreaking Dial-A-Poem project, Brand’s exterior soundscape, McLain’s performative video, DataSpaceTime’s QR code mural, Han’s motion activated video and Vecchio’s public art action and interactive works focus on the physical and aural complexities of language. The sculpture, paintings, works on paper and installations by Dill, Plensa, Hashimoto, Hitchcock, den Breejen, Pranger and White deconstruct and recontextualize language by reimagining the systems of communication found in advertising, books, Braille, poetry, Morse code and scripture.

Admission to the gallery and the reception is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (with extended hours on Wednesdays to 7 pm); and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.


Barbara Hashimoto
Hairpinned, shredded architectural plans, encaustic, house paint, hairpins | 3 x 3 x 3 inches | 2013


Barbara Hashimoto
Utility Ball, ceramic, shredded telephone bills, glaze (unfired) | 3 x 3 x 3 inches | 2012


Barbara Hashimoto
Shredded Art Reviews, shredded photocopied art reviews (of the artist's exhibitions), scotch tape | 3 x 3 x 3 inches | 2012


link to the gallery invitation