29 May 2009

Morpheme Pages (2008) by Rosaire Appel 
(68 pages, black&white.)
Considering language, what of the marks on these pages? Looks like language – but doesn't smell or taste like it. Pre-words? Post-words? They are un-words, they resist wording. Their language is non-historical: with every reading you start from zero. Still, these are not private, incommunicable, unsignifiable, non-suggestive, indecipherable gestures. Visual linguistics are a shared trait. You see a chair in a cloud, I see a chair. We communicate. Yet it doesn't mean there's a chair in the cloud. You see a chair, I see a pigeon, still there's nothing to argue over. A cloud is still a cloud.

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