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WORDS FAIL ME
Curated by Matthew Higgs
September 16, 2007 to January 20, 2008

Opening Reception: September 15 at 7 PM

Lisa Anne Auerbach
Tauba Auerbach
Anne-lise Coste
Martin Creed
Jeremy Deller
Sam Durant
Peter Fischli / David Weiss
Ryan Gander
Siobhan Liddell
Jonathan Monk
Philippe Parreno
Jack Pierson
Carl Pope
Kay Rosen
Ron Terada
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Jennifer West

Words Fail Me is an exhibition that explores visual art's ongoing engagement - and entanglement - with language. Language is labyrinthine, its permutations endless: This is partly the pleasure of words. The complexity of language, its ability to both inform and confound us, is - no doubt - part of its continuing appeal to artists. Words Fail Me considers highly idiosyncratic manifestations of language in recent contemporary art produced by an international and intergenerational group of artists. Throughout the exhibition language is denied its interpretive, explicatory, or narrative function. Instead the works in the exhibition embrace language's more permeable state: its elasticity, its penchant for questions, subtexts and double meanings. Exploring language's limits and limitations the works in Words Fail Me are often highly emotive and occasionally melancholic, collectively they embrace questions of politics, mortality, identity, race, idealism, and alienation. Prevailing throughout is a nagging sense of ambivalence that reflects upon - and perhaps even amplifies - the uncertainties of our present social landscape.

A series of lectures, performances, musical events and film screenings will accompany the show. The exhibit opens September 16th 2007 and continues through January 20, 2008. Visit the upcoming events page for an up-to-date list of confirmed talks and performances.


From top to bottom: Jennifer West (film still from Whatever Film (16mm film leader soaked in lots of coffee, espresso & tumeric, taken on power walk, rubbed with sweat and inscribed with the word, "whatever" written in purple metallic eyeliner), 2007), Carl Pope (The Bad Air Smelled of Roses, 2004-2007), and Kay Rosen (Blurred).