Giving Notice:Words on Walls appears

The new Dalhousie Art Gallery exhibit invited a group of local and international artists to install their typography directly on the gallery's walls.

"New!" reads a gallery wall-sized red bubble, slightly to the left of Dalhousie Art Gallery's entrance. Garry Neill Kennedy's painted wall projection yells at you as a Future Shop flyer would, but his installation for the gallery's newest exhibition, Giving Notice: Words on Walls, is inspired by a small stamp placed throughout a medal catalogue for American soldiers in Iraq. "Garry's work is about [his] collection," says curator Peter Dykhuis, giving an explanation that applies to all the works in Giving Notice, an installation-based exhibition that has artists Kennedy, Cathy Busby, Brad Buckley, Gordon Lebredt, Micah Lexier with Christian Bok and Lawrence Weiner using hand-painted or vinyl letters to create font-based words on the gallery's walls. "I started to think about each of these walls as tablets, and invited artists to paint on it, scratch on it," says Dykhuis. "By using typography [instead of hand-painting], it's about accepting the authority of commercial type." When the exhibition's finished on October 3, the vinyl letters will be peeled off and the walls sanded to rid them of any paint; the only artwork that'll be left is the documentation in the catalogue, which launches September 23, 8pm.

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