Art & Art History
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HALFULL is an exhibition of works by artist Kay Rosen. Rosen’s works concentrate on the slippery play between language’s visual and verbal structures and how that oscillation affects meaning. Evolving over three months, the exhibition includes selected collages, a video, and a wall painting. The exhibition begins with a selection of collages and a rarely screened video. Later, a wall painting and accompanying essay, “The Center is a Concept,” were added. The Rosen works in this exhibition were selected as accompaniments to and material for “Rebus,” a fall drawing class investigating the play between text and image that was taught in the School of Art and Design by painter and UIC faculty member Julia Fish.
In “The Center Is a Concept,” Rosen describes her process of hijacking found words as giving them a “second chance.” The words take on not so much double entendres as overlapping meanings with Rosen’s chimerical introduction of what Anthony Elms called a “sly visuality of language.” As Rosen wrote: