This exhibition brings to the Assembly Room Art Text, a field of art rich in meaningful possibilities.

Art Text utilises play on word, typography, semiology, and other techniques to make words do something more than just convey their meaning…

The first work on show is by Adrian Baynes. Too Much uses the strategy of repetition to humorous effect . The work uses found dinner plates and the text is created by etching away of the image.

Next in the current exhibition, Adrian Baynes work Unravelling sadly seems to be pertinent to current unfolding events in Ukraine…

We continue as we started with another series from Adrian Baynes. The Stones Series are single words sandblasted then gilded in 18 carat gold leaf onto varying stones. As with the Plates Series previously, the object onto which the word is carved is critical to get the full meaning of this joyfull play on words project.

Next in the exhibition Art Can Use Words! we have 2 works by Gabriella Schutz, an artist based in London.Gabriella says: “to paint or draw from observation nowadays is almost a defiant act against the increasing speed in which we’re taking in the world. As opposed to looking at our phones while skimming, taking photos, posting and sharing, drawing offers slow, physical and patient engagement with our surroundings. However, I’m interested in the aesthetics that phone technologies and social platforms offer, especially the combination of image and text and the way they support one another. The text allows me to charge the image with an emotional narrative. The two etchings in this exhibition are local places I go to when I need a break from the fast, impatient continuum of noisy information.”For more information about Gabriella’s work, visit: https://www.gabrielaschutz.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/gabrielaschutz1/