These are the backs of the embroidered “postcard” parts of the piece that came out of my Aurora-hunting trip to Norway and Sweden. Something about the cadence of writing, the gesture without the meaning is very attractive to me. There are a number of artists working in imaginary text in this way. I recently saw Gu Wenda’s united nations — babel of the millennium at SF MOMA that really struck me and stayed with me. I saw another piece by an Asian artist- I think Korean, but I’m not sure that consisted of a room full of open texts which were in a generically Asian-looking text that was also nonsense characters. I need to track that artist and his work down! *
For some reason as soon as I start to get interested in text I became interested in text failing to reveal the sort of meaning we expect from text and retaining only the visual language of gesture.