Typo And Palindrome
Jánis Nedéla, Australia
|For twenty-five years text has been
central to my work. Whether using collage, installation, painting,
performance or animation, it is the book as object and the manipulation
of text which constantly inform my work.
In the past, social, literary, philosophical and political documents,
tomes and book pages, some old and some aesthetically exquisite
in themselves, have succumbed to a range of manipulations and interventions
calculated to conspire a kind of linguistic and artistic subterfuge.
Words are sometimes permanently concealed or reconstituted. The
jackets, cut, even scorched and modified to accommodate implements
such as taps, hooks and saws.
The book has also been enchained, wrapped or rendered unopenable
In recent years, I have also been working with transparent acrylic
to introduced two new series of sculptural work(s) that reference
the pages of an open book - Typo and Palindrome.
In these works I have etched lines and sometimes painted the acrylic
to configure the structure of the open book pages, each pair eluding
to text on the printed page (referencing the layout/design artist,
creating a double page spread or doing a line count), while others
had the text of palindromes inscribed in one direction on one, in
the reverse direction on the other. The fold in the open book matches
the fold in language created by the palindrome. Viewing the books
sideways from the Typo Series gives the impression that the reflected
text goes on to infinity.