Notes on Religion
Nothing Pictorial - Only Objects & Rituals
Wedge Space, October - November 2014
Notes on Religion is one of my independent curatorial projects in Wedge Space at Houston Community College in 2014. Wedge Space is a project space for visiting artists and art faculty wanting to engage with first generation college students in new ways.
Non-Sacred Texts on Plain Paper
The unifying theme in this show is the ritualistic nature of mark making. There are no pictures. This show is about graphic design and religious verve. The scripts on view represent a variety of faiths, Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim, each with their own language system. The works are personal, handwritten scripts with an eye on aesthetics. The choice of works with an absence of imagery is intentional on my part.
I culled works from social media sites, looking for invitees, spending time on Tumblr and Instagram for examples from creatives, technologists, professors, and pastors. I sent personal notes to people I did not know and asked if they would participate in the exhibition by sending me a particular work I was drawn to for graphic design and message.
Writing to Remember
The exhibition culminated in a workshop in Wedge Space titled, Write to Remember, on Nov 6. Students brought in notes from any class they were taking, and reconstructed them with pens and colored markers. They were asked to exaggerate their class notes, to take the main idea and exaggerate it with the art element, line. The math notes were the best!