Context: The Written Word includes the work of Richard Burkett, Holly Hanessian, Scott Rench, and Nancy Selvin. Each artist incorporates letters, words, and/or text into their work. Used as surface decoration, as conceptual content or as narrative, the letters, words, and/or text provide both visual and cognitive stimuli. The words may or may not be relevant to the subject matter of the piece but may provide clues to the conceptual content. This use of letters, words and/or text grows out of the Media Art movement. Media in this case does not refer to the physical constituents of art but to various means of communication such as newspapers, television, advertising posters, and billboards—mass media.
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