B.C. Binning Gallery, Alvin Balkind Gallery and CAG Façade
Concrete Language brings together contemporary artworks that explore visual and spatial relations in language. The project is conceived to examine the visual dynamics of language, creating a contemplative moment that is outside the way we commonly use or view language. Each of the artists in this international group exhibition builds relations between text and visual material that move beyond typical discursive or diagrammatic functions. Instead, the artists meld word and image to locate meaning at the meeting point, leveling the site of impact by creating an overt and immediate interdependence between what is being said and how it is visually perceived. The presentation of language is not used to emphasize meaning, but to create layers of meaning that unfold spatially over time and form a relation between language and space, creating a lull where perception is essential in establishing meaning.
Concrete Language is sponsored by Donovan, Yaletown Contemporary Homes by Cressey.