Word, im­agery in­ter­ac­tion part of Casa ex­hibit

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS | SOUTHERN ALBERTA - J.W. Sch­narr jwschnarr@leth­bridge­herald.com

Ex­plor­ing how words and im­agery in­ter­act and can blend into each other is one of the goals of the new Casa ex­hibit “Se­man­tic Sa­ti­a­tion” by Bon­nie Pat­ton.

Se­man­tic Sa­ti­a­tion is a psy­cho­log­i­cal phe­nom­ena of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced when rep­e­ti­tion of a word or phrase causes it to lose mean­ing, re­sult­ing in the lis­tener tem­po­rar­ily per­ceiv­ing it as mean­ing­less sound.

Pat­ton em­ploys a tech­nique al­low­ing her to ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween mark-mak­ing and se­man­tic mean­ing, or mean­ing in lan­guage or logic.

Darcy Lo­gan, cu­ra­tor and gallery ser­vices man­ager at Casa, said Pat­ton’s in­ter­ac­tive pieces work as they are be­ing viewed, and that he was look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to give lo­cal res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence it.

“I had an op­por­tu­nity to present some work, and I was fa­mil­iar with what she was do­ing,” Lo­gan said. “I thought it would be nice to show it here.”

“The idea that, sud­denly, a word is strange to you, and that it looks wrong or sounds wrong. What she is do­ing trans­lat­ing that into her artis­tic prac­tice, by writ­ing or typ­ing words or phrases un­til they get that feel­ing of un­canny strange­ness to them. And then they be­come ba­si­cally draw­ings or com­po­si­tions for the wall.”

As the words be­come images with­out mean­ing, those images can take the viewer to new places.

“There is a strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween draw­ing and the act of writ­ing,” he said. “Both are just ways of mak­ing marks on pa­per to com­mu­ni­cate some­thing.”

Jan­ice Rahn’s ex­hibit “Com­po­si­tion in the Shape of a Pod” and Rick Gil­lis’ ex­hi­bi­tion “The Age of Man” are on dis­play un­til Feb. 18. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend.

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