Nothing is Very Complicated

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:00am to Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:00pm
Urban Arts Space


Reception

Thursday | July 7 | 5-7pm

New work by Dina Sherman with Ryan Williams and Sarah Blyth-Stephens.

In Nothing is Very Complicated, artist Dina Sherman utilizes the perspective of puns as a point of entry in considering the inadequacies of language. Text is moved into the visual field, revealing the lyricism and poetics of both the form and content of words. Enlisting the help of writer Ryan Williams and artist Sarah Blyth-Stephens, Nothing is Very Complicated contains humorous and endearing pieces centered on wordplay. If language is a house, everyone lives there; the three artists are attempting to reveal just which lights might have been left on.

"Puns are the light that shines through the cracks of the hardwood floors. They unintentionally show us structural vulnerabilities in the house of language-- those places where walls stand crooked, where drafts breeze in, where words and their meanings become interchangeable. Puns induce terrible groans and creaks from mouths and throats; they are at the bottom of a long list of celebrated forms of humor. And I love them for this simultaneity-- their being at once a linguistic source of wisdom and pitiful 
chuckles."

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