Words as Art

February 9, 2012

Tucked away on the back wall of the Write Now exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center is a large piece by Chicago artist Erik DeBat that caught my attention. As a whole, the exhibit features more than 100 artists and explores elements of written communication in various artistic mediums.

I enjoyed the exhibit for several reasons…one of which was that it reminded me of my days in high school print shop where we studied an “old-school” form of printing known as letterpress. Back when letterpress and moveable type printing was invented by Gutenberg in the 1400’s, it revolutionized the world – just as the Internet has revolutionized our world.

While DeBat’s piece is not an example of letterpress printing, I do like its message. It is powerful in its simplicity. In a world where the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” resonates with everybody, this work containing nine words and one big idea, in my mind, flips that phrase around.

The Write Now exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center runs through April 29 and Erik DeBat will be giving a talk there next week on February 14.

1 Linda February 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

Tim …
I really enjoyed this exhibition. Thanks for making more people aware of it. I’m itching to get back there now that the “Death”
show is open. It sounds rather extraordinary as well.

2 Tim February 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hi Linda:

I’m glad you liked this exhibit, too. The photo in this post is not my favorite and part of the banner has been cut off on the right side, but I did want to give a shout-out to Erik DeBat and the sentiment in this work. Yeah, the Morbid Curiosity exhibit sounds interesting. I’m just glad all of this is available free of charge to everybody…the Cultural Center is really a Chicago gem. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts here and I hope you’re doing well!

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