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Image Worth Reading

Image Worth Reading

Key Projects is pleased to present Image Worth Reading, a group exhibition on  text-based art featuring Rosaire Appel, Nina Katchadourian, Rose Nolan and Richard Schwamb. Investigating and exploring how language can be represented visually, the artists in this exhibition incorporate and arrange specific text or words to create a visual art. The exhibition will include drawings, prints and photography. 

Rosaire Appel explores the visual sound of words and letters by drawing the same phrase or letter repeatedly. Appel is attentive to the shaping of the lettering which she must formulate in the reverse in her monotype prints. Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books series takes found language from the spine and front cover of books to create colorful, rhythmic and sometimes humorous readings. Rose Nolan extracts concise words and statements from the vernacular, emphasizing the familiar and strangeness found in language. Richard Schwamb reconfigures idiomatic expressions to create poetic word play. 

About the artists:

Rosaire Appel’s work is situated at the crossroads of looking and reading / words and images. It takes form in digital prints, drawings, photographs and books. Some of her books are abstract comics and/or asemic writing, others use photographs, drawings and invented music. Her most recent book is split-level pomes. A ‘pome’ is (perhaps) a dyslectic poem. 

Nina Katchadourian is a visual artist who works in a range of media, including photography, installation, video, sound-based work and public projects. She has been included in group shows at MoMA/PS1, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, and the Palais de Tokyo, and has had solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Turku Art Museum and the ArtPace Foundation for Contemporary Art. Her 10-year retrospective exhibition All Forms of Attraction at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College was nominated for best monographic exhibition by the Association of International Art Critics. She has collaborated with Creative Time, SculptureCenter, the Public Art Fund, and Wave Hill to present several public projects in New York. Her work was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale’s “Armenity” exhibition, which won a Golden Lion Award for the Best National Pavilion. She is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.

Rose Nolan was born in Melbourne, Victoria and lives and works in Melbourne. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally since the 1980s. Recent solo exhibitions include Why Do We Do the Things We Do, Artspace, Sydney, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008; Work in Progress #3, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 2008; The Solo Projects, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; Performance Architecture, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; and Immodest Gestures and Irrational Thoughts, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include 21st Century Modern: 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia; Forever Young, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2011; and Contemporary Australia: Women, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012. Nolan is represented by Anna Schwartz gallery in Melbourne. 

Richard Schwamb is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He attended UCLA and Art Center College of Design. His exhibitions include: “Beautiful Burnout ArtJam” with Underworld and Tomato at the Jacobson Howard Gallery, at Tonic as part of SoundLab Cultural Alchemy's “Thermal Dynamic Writers Project”, at Fun in conjunction with a performance by AGF/Vladislav Delay as part of a video presentation curated by Howard Goldkrand, “Lifeboat” Artist Initiative Art Basel/Containers/ Postitions in Miami, curated by Mary Mattingly and Paul Middendorf, Real Estate, Ventana244, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Peter Soriano and Philippe Richard (Collaboration with Kate Shepherd and John Zinsser) and “Mary Jane®” with Kate Shepherd at the Kate Shepherd Studio. He has also written for Artbyte magazine and curated “Three Films by Alfred Leslie” at Chez Bushwick. His work was featured in Idea (Japan) No. 337 : Tomato:Underworld "Formgiving", by John Warwicker.