“The Artist as Typographer”
Wednesday, November 7, 5:15 pm
Recent years have seen a proliferation of younger artists whose work employs typography – printed characters, or even the very institution of printing. We have been accustomed to the predominance of language in art at least since the rise of Conceptual practices in the early 1970s, but the current turn represents something different: it takes up not language per se, but language’s material realization and the particular histories carried within its forms. In artists and collectives such as Dexter Sinister, Shannon Ebner, Matt Keegan, and Adam Pendleton, typography has become a central element of aesthetic practice.
Tom McDonough is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art History Department at Binghamton University.