The Bird is the Word

The Bird is the Word
derek beaulieu • Gregory Betts • bill bissett • Judith Copithorne • kevin mcpherson eckhoff • Marinko Jareb • Travis Kirton • Kelly Mark • Steve McCaffery • a.rawlings • Laurel Woodcock • Hallie Siegel & Matthew Donovan

On display from 9 March – 4 June 2011


Opening Reception Friday 11 March 7pm
Readings beginning at 8pm by
derek beaulieu, bill bissett & Honey Novick,
a.rawlings, and Steve McCaffery with Jeremy Lessard

Musical Performance by Gary Barwin

This exhibit explores the territory where language and visual art intersect through the work of writers and artists. This common (play)ground has been covered by Concrete Poets, Cubists, Dadaists, Futurists, and Surrealists among others. Expanding semantic expression beyond the conventional structures of language includes the exploration of typography as imagery and engages philosophy, semiotics, and political and social commentary. The Bird is the Word will feature poets and visual artists from across Canada delving into the conceptual, spatial, and material presence of the written word. It showcases a multiplicity of media and disciplines including video projection, onsite installation, collage, sculpture, and micrography.

This project is supported by the Grey Borders Reading Series
Laurel Woodcock gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council