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Expounder
Letraset Sheets
78.7x78.7 in. (200x200 cm)
2013


Expounder appears to highlight a pervasive linguistic order that posits writing as secondary to, or derivative of, speech. Similar to Not Yet Titled, the absence of letters on the used Letraset sheets is contrasted with isolated punctuation marks, or the unutterable elements in writing that make reading possible. Devoid of pictorial references, the dry-transfer lettering sheets are suspended, allowing the piece to be approached and read from different perspectives. However, the only marks that remain visible on the Letraset sheets—semicolons, colons, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, and ellipses—are unreadable in isolation. The authoritative figure of expounder, standing where the opposition between writing and speech is blurred, proposes possibilities of misunderstanding in the absence of an author.

 

© Ghazaleh Avarzamani 2019