Brian Spolans

Language is typically used as a means to clarify and communicate concepts as specifically as possible. Letters, text, and words are some of the tools that language uses to represent these concepts, but are often overlooked due to the large volume of them consumed everyday. The work in this exhibition softens language’s ability to communicate and gives precedence to the tools themselves over the concepts they represent.

As a father of two small boys who are learning to read and identify letters, the structure of language is a common theme in my day-to-day life. From the proper direction of letters, to the phonetic sounds, to being able to identify words by sight, the rules of the English language are frequently discussed at my house. So it’s refreshing to witness the work of artists who are considering these rules as an opportunity for irreverent play, or as "laws" to be subverted.