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Word Up!

Word Up! is an exhibition co-curated by Sharon Louden that demonstrates the power of words, which can, depending on how they are applied, save, kill, be harmful or helpful, and in many cases, be extremely powerful. Word Up! offers a global range of voices exploring the ways in which text can offer commentary through diverse languages on current protests, vulnerability, the human condition and the state of the world today.

The artists whose works comprise the exhibition come from a variety of backgrounds and use assorted formats and media to champion marginalized groups, express their takes on pressing issues and explore the ideas most relevant to their lives. They employ, at various turns, sensitivity, compassion and empathy in many of the pieces exhibited, showing a wide range of tone in the way their messages are expressed. Artists include: Raheleh Filsoofi, Liana Finck, Karen Finley, Tia-Simone Gardner, Meg Hitchcock, Deborah Kass, David Krippendorff, Cary Leibowitz, Carl Pope, Zita Schüpferling, Allyson Strafella, Hrag Vartanian, Annie Vought, Michael Waugh and Steve West.

The artists in Word Up! cross the lines between activism, self-expression and social commentary, many of them managing multiple roles as they widely express their views. Liana Finck shows her writings and illustrations in The New Yorker and other publications. Raheleh Filsoofi combines ancient and contemporary media in her sculptures to address pressing sociopolitical issues and questions of culture and history. Deborah Kass expresses text in public sculpture as well as works in galleries and museums. Carl Pope’s agit-prop style Letterpress posters featured in this exhibition shed light on hidden histories, while Hrag Vartanian makes drawings and is a critic, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Hyperallergic, sharing his writing in both a publication and his journals.

At a time when divergent perspectives are often narrowly channeled into opposing viewpoints, Word Up! offers a refreshing take on the multiplicity of thought that makes our pluralistic society so strong in all its diversity."

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Artist

Various Artists

Date

Sep 26 - Nov 09, 2019

Contact

info@c24gallery.com >

Photos

Installation view of Word Up!

C24 Gallery, New York

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Installation view of Word Up!

C24 Gallery, New York

Artworks

Allyson Strafella > <

reef

blue course

ravine

ten kg

double

green escarpment a

deposit

Annie Vought > <

Describe the way the world ends

Carl Pope > <

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Bark Like a Cat!

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Black Genius Is So Common These Days

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: It Was & It Is and It Ain't! It Wills & It Won't It Do's and It Don't...

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Just Enough Salvation Under Slavery

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: My Patriotic Duty as an American is to Consume Everything Exercise & Lose Weight

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Question Me Like A Lawyer I'll Answer Like A Politician

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: What Did U Think and What Did U Do?

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: What Is A Negro With A Ph.D?

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Who Were U Really & What Were U B4

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: You are near the bottom outside and to the left

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Your Inner Queen Has The Answers You Seek...

Cary Leibowitz > <

I Always Take the Easy Way Out I Want Success But Don't Want the Pressure

David Krippendorff > <

A Small Fee

Death to the Foreigner!

Oh Homeland, I'll Never See You Again

Our Country Dies Because of You

This Love Can Mean Your Death

Deborah Kass > <

Being Alive 2003

Still Here 2003

Mighty Real 2007

Hrag Vartanian > <

From the 'Koan' series #15

From the 'Koan' series #14

From the 'Koan' series #13

From the 'Koan' series #12

From the 'Koan' series #11

From the 'Koan' series #10

From the 'Koan' series #9

From the 'Koan' series #8

From the 'Koan' series #7

From the 'Koan' series #6

From the 'Koan' series #5

From the 'Koan' series #4

From the 'Koan' series #3

From the 'Koan' series #2

From the 'Koan' series #1

Karen Finley > <

Moral History

Moral History

Liana Finck > <

Untitled VI

Untitled V

Untitled IV

Untitled III

Untitled II

Untitled I

Meg Hitchcock > <

Persephone

Lotus

Michael Waugh > <

Pathways Back to Work, #1 (The American Jobs Act, part 3)

Trading Partners (NAFTA, d1)

The Supply of Capital (The New Industrial State, part 4)

Raheleh T. Filsoofi > <

Halal

Steve West > <

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Praise Poem Elizabeth Murray

Rothko I

Tyranny of a Poem

Tia-Simone Gardner > <

for breath, for water

black like sugar, like shug

Zita Schüpferling > <

painting mountains

Allyson Strafella > <

reef

blue course

ravine

ten kg

double

green escarpment a

deposit

Annie Vought > <

Describe the way the world ends

Carl Pope > <

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Bark Like a Cat!

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Black Genius Is So Common These Days

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: It Was & It Is and It Ain't! It Wills & It Won't It Do's and It Don't...

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Just Enough Salvation Under Slavery

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: My Patriotic Duty as an American is to Consume Everything Exercise & Lose Weight

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Question Me Like A Lawyer I'll Answer Like A Politician

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: What Did U Think and What Did U Do?

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: What Is A Negro With A Ph.D?

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Who Were U Really & What Were U B4

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: You are near the bottom outside and to the left

The Bad Air Smelled of Roses: Your Inner Queen Has The Answers You Seek...

Cary Leibowitz > <

I Always Take the Easy Way Out I Want Success But Don't Want the Pressure

David Krippendorff > <

A Small Fee

Death to the Foreigner!

Oh Homeland, I'll Never See You Again

Our Country Dies Because of You

This Love Can Mean Your Death

Deborah Kass > <

Being Alive 2003

Still Here 2003

Mighty Real 2007

Hrag Vartanian > <

From the 'Koan' series #15

From the 'Koan' series #14

From the 'Koan' series #13

From the 'Koan' series #12

From the 'Koan' series #11

From the 'Koan' series #10

From the 'Koan' series #9

From the 'Koan' series #8

From the 'Koan' series #7

From the 'Koan' series #6

From the 'Koan' series #5

From the 'Koan' series #4

From the 'Koan' series #3

From the 'Koan' series #2

From the 'Koan' series #1

Karen Finley > <

Moral History

Moral History

Liana Finck > <

Untitled VI

Untitled V

Untitled IV

Untitled III

Untitled II

Untitled I

Meg Hitchcock > <

Persephone

Lotus

Michael Waugh > <

Pathways Back to Work, #1 (The American Jobs Act, part 3)

Trading Partners (NAFTA, d1)

The Supply of Capital (The New Industrial State, part 4)

Raheleh T. Filsoofi > <

Halal

Steve West > <

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Praise Poem Elizabeth Murray

Rothko I

Tyranny of a Poem

Tia-Simone Gardner > <

for breath, for water

black like sugar, like shug

Zita Schüpferling > <

painting mountains

Artists

Carl Pope

Indianapolis

Deborah Kass

San Antonio

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