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Shannon Ebner, The Sun & The Sign


Wallspace Gallery
619 West 27th Street, ground floor, 212-594-9478
February 16 - March 17, 2007
Reception: Friday, February 16, 6 - 8 PM
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The Sun & The Sign, is a collection of new photographic works and drawings. Known for her text-based photographs of large cardboard letters temporarily placed in the landscape, Ebner’s continued use of language, material and site attempts to locate language within a photographic landscape, where visual and textual modes of representation can be explored simultaneously. Through an active use of the camera, Ebner tries to “free language from its enslavement” (Mallarm√©) by taking certain words and signs out of circulation for the occasion of the photograph. Even if only symbolically, Ebner’s hand-made signs place language at the mercy of photography, where it can be scopically explored, reconsidered and possibly repossessed before slipping back into the flow of circulation. Consistent in all of the work is a visceral and direct experience with language as material, as well as a continued insistence on a certain economy of materials. Language is alive in The Sun & the Sign and treated as a physical entity, subject to injury, decay and time.
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