Untitled Grid (Blue Queue; No Melon, No Lemon; Daredevil; Blue Double U; Grayello; Volkswagons Rust; Emblems; A Redder A; Antititian; Gray V; Felt Tip Pen; Look for (Spanish); Greyer G; Middle of a Film Noir; Green Genre Painting; Violetter)
Untitled Grid (Blue Queue; No Melon, No Lemon; Daredevil; Blue Double U; Grayello; Volkswagons Rust; Emblems; A Redder A; Antititian; Gray V; Felt Tip Pen; Look for (Spanish); Greyer G; Middle of a Film Noir; Green Genre Painting; Violetter)
Untitled Grid (Blue Queue; No Melon, No Lemon; Daredevil; Blue Double U; Grayello; Volkswagons Rust; Emblems; A Redder A; Antititian; Gray V; Felt Tip Pen; Look for (Spanish); Greyer G; Middle of a Film Noir; Green Genre Painting; Violetter)
Untitled Grid (Blue Queue; No Melon, No Lemon; Daredevil; Blue Double U; Grayello; Volkswagons Rust; Emblems; A Redder A; Antititian; Gray V; Felt Tip Pen; Look for (Spanish); Greyer G; Middle of a Film Noir; Green Genre Painting; Violetter)

Untitled Grid (Blue Queue; No Melon, No Lemon; Daredevil; Blue Double U; Grayello; Volkswagons Rust; Emblems; A Redder A; Antititian; Gray V; Felt Tip Pen; Look for (Spanish); Greyer G; Middle of a Film Noir; Green Genre Painting; Violetter)

Kay Rosen (American, 1949-)

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A background in linguistics led Kay Rosen to explore language through her artwork. Rosen animates words or phrases through typography and color, rearranging text to reveal surprising new meanings. For this work, Rosen created a grid of brightly colored paper which she repetitively inscribed with her written compositions in commercial sign paint. Each paper contains a hybrid of words, letters, and punctuation that calls into question the stability and standardization of language. For example, to some “buscar” brings to mind the Spanish verb meaning “to seek”, while others may break the word into the English nouns “bus” and “car.”Rosen’s installation Never Odd Or Even (2005) is on display in the IMA’s Lichtenhauer Passageway Gallery.

Ann M. and Chris Stack, Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2000.

Object Information

artist
Kay Rosen (American, 1949-)
creation date
1990
materials
sign paint and gouache on papers
dimensions
84 x 124 in. (overall)
accession number
2000.157A-P
credit line
Gift of Ann M. Stack
copyright
© Kay Rosen, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Non-Exclusive Licensee
collection
Contemporary Art
colors

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