Date(s) - 10/11/2019
2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Speechless: The Art Of Communication
Oct. 11th Reception 2-8pm
Poetic Demonstration by Barbara Bash: The Calligraphic Voice Revealed, 3pm
Silence is a gate through which all communication must pass. Experiences of grief, horror, and isolation can render one speechless; but so can profound experiences of beauty, love, and connection. That which is speechless longs also to be shared, impossibly, imperfectly—to speak to some quiet place within each of us. To be speechless, is sometimes simply to pause. And to listen.
Works here each have a deep listening within them, an impossible kind of speech. They ask that we rethink not just the nature of language, but the tools and vessels of communication themselves. Personal, intuitive fiber arts by Kat Howard remind us that we can take legacies like sinew and wool in our hands and remake them. In the hands book artist, Carole P. Kunstadt, psalms, and histories are woven revelations that even something as seemingly ossified as a text or tradition also points to its own transcendence. In her hands, books are windows and doors looking in two directions at once. Speechless is a celebration of the freedom and courage of transformation. Of the silent labors of getting it born. It is a reminder to pull the light from the dark— as sound healing artist, Nini de la Torre’s, iridescent canvasses ask us to do—-transforming not just the landscape, but the very sensory modes with which we perceive it, ourselves, and the spaces between. Works by calligraphic artists Barbara Bash, Elinor Aishah Holland, and Jena Argenta remind us that language has always been a sacred, often martial art. It wraps its arms around an unsayable kind of stillness—where mark and motion are one.
Join Kat Howard, Carole P. Kunstadt, Nini De La Torre, Barbara Bash, Elinor Aishah Holland and Jena Argenta for a show not to be missed.