New Library Exhibit, Typo, Bridges the Written Language and Art

Monday, June 8, 2015
Courtney Lewis,816.701.3669
New Library Exhibit, <em>Typo</em>, Bridges the Written Language and Art

(Kansas City, Missouri) - Ten artists, most from the Kansas City area, are showcased in a new Library exhibit that celebrates text as art.

Typo, a collection of drawings, paintings, collages, and mixed media images presented in partnership with Kansas City's Plug Projects, opens Saturday, June 13, 2015, in the Genevieve Guldner Gallery in the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. It remains on display through Sunday, August 16.

The exhibit presents contemporary approaches to using text in the context of art. A piece, for example, by Adriane Herman, a resident artist with the Charlotte Street Foundation who has taught for 13 years at the Maine College of Art, features a wall of others' crossed-out "to do" lists. It strikes a balance between accomplishment and a sense of overwhelming.

Alexandra Janezic, who earned a bachelors' degree in fine arts from Kansas State University and her master's in book arts earlier this year from the University of Iowa, uses punctuation and glyphs to create letterpress prints that suggest an unrecognizable language code. The work emphasizes the pattern and formal attributes of the type to the point of evoking a page of sheet music.

Other artists featured in the exhibit are Archie Scott Gobber, Tanya Hartman, Beniah Leuschke, Carie Musick, Johnny Naughahyde, Nick Naughton, Phil Shafer, and Hooper Turner.

The exhibit coincides with Plug Projects' third annual art book fair in its West Bottoms gallery, 1613 Genessee, on Friday and Saturday, June 26-27. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Plug Projects, a cultural collaboration among five Kansas City artists, was founded in 2011. It is designed to energize both artists and the community by presenting challenging new work, triggering critical dialogue, and expanding the connections of local artists to a wider, nationwide network of peers.

Admission to the exhibit is free. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.

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