Word at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, through December 17, 2016

Photographs by Corrado Serra.

“‘WORD’ is HVCCA’s first open call juried exhibition purposed to highlight talented regional artists who prominently feature ‘a word’ or ‘words’ in their artistic productions.  Some 140 artists applied and 45 artists were selected.  These newer and lesser known works will sit side by side with works of artists such as Beatrice Coron, Dylan Graham (Netherlands), Ann Hamilton (US 1999 Venice Biennale artist), John Mellencamp, Jeffrey Gibson, Laura Kimpton (SLS Miami, Burning Man, California) and Robert Indiana.

Words have appeared historically as artistic forms in illuminated manuscripts, in Arabic text on the walls of mosques and in its mosaic murals, on Chinese calligraphic scrolls.  ‘Word’ as contemporary art form has been popularized by contemporary artists Ruche, Wiener, Kruger and Holzer, Anastasi and others.  Words have the power to hurt and to heal, to be offered as prayer or diatribe. Some of these ‘word’ facets will be explored in the works presented at the HVCCA.” — Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

 

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Lance Johnson, I still luv her, 2010

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Laura Kimpton, Let the Positive Come Out, 2016

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Laura Kimpton, Let the Positive Come Out (detail), 2016

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Bill Schuck, sometime, 2016

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Installation view of Word

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Carole Kunstadt, Sacred Poem LXV, 2010 and Sacred Poem VII, 2010

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Joan Levinson, Then, 2010

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Installation view of Word

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Left: Les Von Losberg, Children in War Zones, 2010. Center: Yunizar, Untitled. Right: Mike Seri, Pray God Nation, 2014

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Robert Indiana, Love (detail), 1966-1999

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Left: Nestor Madalengoitia, Happy Hour, 2015. Right: Jeffrey Gibson, In time we could have been so much more, 2015

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Justin Randolph Thompson and Bradly Dever Treadaway, I’m Gone (performance-based installation), 2016

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Kathryn Frund, One Word, 2015

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Installation view of Word

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Installation view of Word

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Jo-Ann Brody, Word Wall/Words of Rage, 2013-16

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Left: Erica Hauser, Enjoy Sealtest, 2015. Front: Adam Niklewicz, Tabula Rasa. Right: Robert Barthelmes, Metamorphosis, 2011

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Barry Mason, Ancestral Calling 1, 2005

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Emma Rivers series of scenes

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Emma Rivers, Downtown, 2014-16

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Left: Robert Barthelmes, Metamorphosis, 2011. Right: Elizabeth Arnold, R. I. P., 2012

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Béatrice Coron, In collaboration with Elizabeth De Sole, Fashion Statement, 2010

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Thomas Hirschhorn, Laundrette, 2001

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Top: Julie Sittler, Targeted You & Me, 2014. Bottom: Robert Brush, Bed Piece #1, 2006