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Use Your Words VSA. Words as Art. Text in art has been called “one of the most defining developments of art of the 20 th century” Used in Data (19teens and 20s) to question whether or not art exists Was used in the 1960s to explain to modern art Eventually text was seen as art in-itself.

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Words as art
Words as Art

  • Text in art has been called “one of the most defining developments of art of the 20th century”

  • Used in Data (19teens and 20s) to question whether or not art exists

  • Was used in the 1960s to explain to modern art

  • Eventually text was seen as art in-itself

Rene Magritte: This is not a pipe.

It’s a painting!


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Words as Art

  • Text as a way to convey a direct message

  • Text for self expression

  • Text to evoke emotion


Mel bochner 1940
Mel Bochner (1940)

  • Father of the Conceptual Art movement

  • Pioneered several exhibition strategies

  • Many of his paintings include words


Mel bochner
Mel Bochner

  • Repetition

  • Color Theory

  • Linear

  • Texture

  • Layering


Rupprecht matthies
RupprechtMatthies

  • German artist born 1959

  • Background in sociology

    • Evident in his community based art

  • Uses words in various languages to create sculptures


Rupprecht matthies1
RupprechtMatthies

  • Exhibit in the Denver Art Museum

  • Asked clients of community centers around Denver the question:

  • What word makes you think of home?

  • Created pillows, mobiles, wall pieces in 13 different languages


Rupprecht matthies2
RupprechtMatthies

  • Write down three words that make you think of home.

    • Memories, a food, family members, a pet, etc.


Dan miller 1961
Dan Miller 1961

  • Diagnosed with autism

  • Few conventional verbal communication skills

  • Much of his art contains words


Dan miller
Dan Miller

  • What are the words?

    • Daily encounters

    • Family history

    • Objects in his home town

  • Text layered on top of text until words become almost illegible

  • Uses images such as light bulbs and books in his paintings/drawings


Dan miller1
Dan Miller

  • Combines expressive and conceptual approaches

  • Uses layering to give his work texture


Dan miller2
Dan Miller

  • In the box on your worksheet, practice layering like Dan Miller and Mel Bochner


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