P r o j e c t s

We are Grammar

25th February to 7th May 2011

Pratt Institute, 144 West 14th Street, New York, USA

Artists: Can Altay, Simon Bedwell, Bik Van der Pol, David Blamey, Pavel Büchler, Declan Clarke, The Complaints Choir (Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen), Goran Djordjevic, Ben Fitton, Freee Art Collective (Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt, and Mel Jordan), Jaime Gili Luis Romero, Liam Gillick, Anthony Gross, Lucy Gunning, Matthew Higgs, Karl Holmqvist, Toby Huddlestone, Mark Hutchinson, Matt Keegan, Annette Krauss, Pierre Leguillon, Gareth Long, Nanna Lysholt-Hansen, Ronan McCrea, Jonathan Monk, Simon Morris, Tone O Nielsen, Graham Parker, Sarah Pierce, Falke Pisano, Plastique Fantastique (David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan), Elizabeth Price, Savage, Nedko Solakov, Nick Thurston, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Ian Whittlesea, Mick Wilson, Carey Young


We Are Grammar featured a new mode of text art that has emerged over the past decade. The value and potential of this form was acknowledged by a wide spectrum of contemporary artists who freely combine the use of text with a variety of media.

The exhibition examined the third generation of artists working in text art. The first iteration of this practice came in the 1960s, when text established itself as a legitimate tool for the creation of visual art. A second generation of text art began during the 1980s and 1990s, as postmodernists combined text with other mediums. The text art produced by the third generation of artists is characterized by a shared structure within linguistic practices; is dependent on linguistic forms; and is mediated by linguistic exchange that engages with the processes of nomination, documentation, and rule-following. In many cases text is no longer the ‘face’ of the artwork but rather part of its background.

Adapted from the press release.