Word on the Street: Image, Language, Signage

Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 10:00am to 6:00pm

Center for Book, Paper and Print 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Featuring work by Superflex, Laura Kina, Chris Dorland, Mark Dean Veca, Joel Ross (with Jason Creps), Jason Thomas Pallas, Jaclyn Jacunski, Peter Liversidge, Jeffrey T. Jones, Jonathan Monk, Eric May, Steve Lambert, Nicolas Lampert, Justseeds, and Howling Mob Society. Also featuring artists' books from the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection. 

This exhibition considers the expressive potential of image and language through signage: how do artists use the visual and physical characteristics of signage, along with its often site specific cultural currency, to create realms of poetic or political meaning in public space or the gallery? With a focus on forms of permanent and ephemeral signage this exhibition will consider artists' billboards, marquees, street signs, banners and posters among other forms of infrastructural signage. 

Held in association with the THIRD ANNUAL TYPOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM, a four-day extravagana celebrating typography and design, featuring signmaking workshops, a lecture by John Downer, and a panel on Chicago street typography. 


Image credit: Joel Ross in collaboration with Jason Creps, "Do Don't"; courtesy of Monique Meloche Gallery


Event Type

Exhibit, Exhibition


Center for Book and Paper Arts, School of Media Arts



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