The Gallery on the Green at Canton, Connecticut recently played host to a unique art display, one where in artists translated words they find meaningful into equally meaningful and spectacular artworks, taking the term ‘word art‘, into a whole, new and very literal level.
The “Word Art” installment at the Gallery on the Green in Canton, Connecticut, is a bi-annual art show presented by the art gallery, which was on display in the gallery during early April, up until the 16th. During the display, artworks from local artists, usually from the Farmington Valley region, or nearby, are displayed alongside written words, to which the art pieces act as complimentary installations for the passages, effectively acting as visual metaphors for the words and how the artists interpreted them.
The original “Word Art” installment was founded 14 years ago, lead, conceptualized and curated by Kent McCoy, who came up with the concept thanks to his work alongside the Collinsville Writers Asylum, as well as his, currently, 17-year membership on the Gallery on the Green’s board.
McCoy has stated that he came up with the idea partly to extend the impact and generate attention for written pieces, which he describes as ‘ephemeral’, compared to their more visual cousins. He says that visual work gets displayed for weeks, maybe even month, whilst the spoken word comes, stays briefly, then vanishes as quickly as it came.
The artworks were all displayed for the public to see, with the number of pieces and varying artists ensuring that the installation had different flavors of ‘word art’ for visitors to enjoy. An example is in comparing Margaret E. Farrar’s piece, her examination of a Michael Nolan poem, with Shirley Mae Neu’s ‘Alphabet Dance’. The former is an examination of a passage, done with clarity and crispness, with a simple image that’s easy to see, whilst the latter is far more abstract and scattered, with letters littered across the layering of the canvas.
Two solo shows were displayed separately during the exhibit, the “Naturespeaks” series by Marlene Mayes, and a series of assemblages by Diane L. Wright, the latter of which have pieces with varying central themes and ideas.