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Ian MacTilstra
23 August – 23 September 2011

Somewhere between conceptual text-based art, structural poetry, and
inspired by linguistic studies of globalized commodity-based trading
languages in antiquity, exists this experimental project: an attempt
to convey a sense of narrative within such language. That it fails to
do this in any conventional sense of “narrative” is a feature of its
deconstruction of consumerist language, and relating more directly to
what has been termed “social commentary and observation” (Paper Radio,
Melbourne), while being disguised as a poetic exploration of emergent linguistic systems of globalized trade. The shifting dynamic between
the linguistic and the discursive, between the material effects of
language and the meanings it subtends, makes this work both visually
unconventional and semantically compelling.