Kiki Bouba, a group show curated by John O’Connor

On January 26, 2014 by JF Lynch

Hi friends,

If you follow me on Instagram you might have caught wind about a group show I will be in at Sarah Lawrence College that is going to include a redux of my CAC Residency installation from back in May. Well, I am just about done with the install so I guess I can comfortably announce the exhibition.

I am REALLY proud to be included in this language-themed group show for several reasons, not the least of which is that it has been curated by an artist that not only am I a fan of, but is also one of my mentors, John O’Connor . I am also set alongside some other seriously awesome artists focused on written language. I would name-drop but I can let the press release do it for me:


Toxic, by Linda Herritt

Toxic, by Linda Herritt


Kiki Bouba
Curated by Visual Arts guest faculty,
John O’Connor

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, February 4, 5-6:30pm
February 4th– March 11th, 2014

The history of language in visual art is rich and vast – from ancient Chinese scrolls and Persian miniatures, to contemporary paintings, altered photographs, graffiti, Dada, and sound-based performance art. In the 1960’s many Conceptual artists used language in place of brush and canvas, and words played a primary role in their emphasis on ideas over visual forms. Though text had long been used in art before this, artists like Joseph Kosuth were among the first to give words such a central role. The way the words LOOKED was central to Conceptual art as well, but it was the language itself that maintained ultimate significance.

Today, many artists work in the area between a word’s meaning, and its visual form. The act of “reading” a painted or drawn word transforms the role of the viewer, who is asked to navigate between the visual world of form and color, and the subsequent mental space of signs and symbols. And the way a word LOOKS when drawn or painted on a canvas or paper – its size and color and shape transformed – moves us into a space that is simultaneously mental and visual.

This exhibition brings together 9 contemporary artists who explore the space between word and image.

Joe Amrhein
JF Lynch
Anthony Campuzano
Erik den Breejen
Leslie Roberts
Annette Wehrhahn
Noah Dylon
Linda Herritt
Anne Gillman


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