The I of Text
May 6 - July 11, 2010

Promotional exhibition postcard featuring letters and numbers

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will present The I of the TEXT from May 6 – July 11, 2010. Curated by Liz Maugans, the exhibition features the work of 16 Ohio artists who use words as the driving force to create an experience around the myriad associations and meanings of text. The artists focus on the ways that the meaning of text and our interaction with it are transformed by current events, technology, socioeconomic status and race.

“The artists employ language in the form of conversations, alerts, advertisements and petitions that…explore a chasm between private and public spheres,” said Curator Liz Maugans. “They catalog how language is inventoried and stored, critiquing larger issues of power and commerce and the impact it has on our domestic affairs.”

Featured artists include Denise Burge (Cincinnati), Si-Yun Chang (Bay Village), Jeffry Chiplis (Cleveland), Kristen Cliffel (Cleveland), Dana L. Depew (Cleveland), Joe Immen (Columbus), Julie Mader-Meersman (Cincinnati), Deborah Orloff (Sylvania), Andrew McAllister (Akron), Herb Vincent Peterson (Columbus), Arturo Rodriguez (Toledo), Seth Rosenberg (Cleveland), Jennifer Schulman (Stow), Talia Shabtay (Columbus), Peter Tabor (Lakewood), and Reid Wood (Oberlin).