Some words --I love you
-- so beautifully alter the course of our lives that we wish we could enshrine them, bathe in them, and take them to bed at night. Others --you're fired
-- we'd like nothing more than to destroy, mangle, and twist.
In the '60s, artists who understood the weighted power of words rescued them from placards and used them as art itself. Words became the medium -- one that could be deconstructed, superimposed, layered, and formed into shapes. "Profane Expressions," the current exhibit at David Castillo Gallery, brings to light the work of five artists who continue in this tradition.
"They're looking at figures, they're looking at colors, they're looking
at materials and medium," says Melissa Diaz, the assistant director.
"Well, the main mode of experience for these artists is text. It's the
message, the actual written word."
The exhibit includes a series of vinyl texts -- actual criticism of
artist Ernesto Leal's work - that raise questions about the evaluation
of meaning in art. Paintings and collage by Sandra Ceballos featuring
medieval human dissections transposed over handwritten political
speeches explore the power of speech and distorted meaning.
Lavastida's wall installation made up of 59 sheets of paper look at
psychological factors of media communication using found speeches.
Meanwhile, Ezequiel Suarez's work deals with advertising and political
slogans. Lastly, Yali Ramagoza presents an installation that surveys
fashion as communication of male power and identity.
"Profane Expressions" will be on display until October 2nd at David
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Castillo Gallery (2234 NW Second Ave., Miami). Admission is free. The
gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by
appointment. Call 305-573-8110 or visit davidcastillogallery.com.