They say a picture can speak a thousand words but the latest exhibition from Maddox Gallery attempts to combine the two mediums.
Exploring the symbiotic relationship between the written word and visual world, Between the Lines celebrates the beauty of language and its aesthetic importance as portrayed by some of the greatest contemporary artists of our time.
We’re talking the likes of Tracey Emin, Banksy, Grayson Perry, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Shrigley, The Connor Brothers and Richard Prince.
Harking back to the poetic cut-ups technique – or découpé if you want to be French about it – artists such as Harland Miller, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ed Ruscha have long incorporated and recontextualised phrases, advertising slogans, billboards and book titles to form a new narrative to their work.
In the age of Twitter and ‘text speak’, the exhibition should offer a bracing reminder of the power of language – how it can be utilised, abused, and even weaponised. Like the best exhibitions, Between the Lines speaks not only to our past but to our present, and perhaps offers a glimpse into our future as well.
But don’t take our word for it – go and see for yourself. The exhibition runs from 6-26 June 2019.
See more at maddoxgallery.com