Save the date! We will be hosting an opening reception for HOME WORK: An Exhibit of New Work by VisuaLingual, on Sat 20 Feb, 5-8pm, at the Betts House, the oldest brick house in Ohio still on its original site. Our opening falls right in the middle of the Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend, which will be filled with free art events throughout Cincinnati.
We’ve spent a good deal of time extensively exploring our neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine, photographing practically every bit of ornament found on the 19th century architecture. Like a kit of parts, many of these ornaments were configured in different ways on different facades and, when examined closely, a rhythm of patterns starts to become evident when walking down the street.
The photos were then meticulously traced and reconfigured to suit our purposes. You know, like a kit of parts. Now, they’re slowly starting to rematerialize back in the physical world, and you can see some of the same parts repeating in their own, different configurations:
Right now, the only thing that’s finished is the promotional poster, which you should start seeing around town this week. Everything else is in progress, and I hate talking about work that isn’t done, so I won’t just yet. This is our first time developing a “line” based on a single idea, and it’s really a departure for us — the research was deeper and more specific than most of our previous work, and the results will be more interpretive and, I think, less dependent on recognizing our local references.
The Betts House has been part of Cincinnati’s history for over two hundred years. Built in 1804, it is located at 416 Clark St. in the Betts-Longworth Historic District, in the city’s West End. In 1995 the oldest surviving brick building in Cincinnati became the Betts House Research Center, a place dedicated to the study of building materials and traditions.
Probably the most exciting aspect of all this is that the Betts House is far from a white box-type exhibition space, and we’re not exactly gallery artists. We make work for people to live with, and we’ll have an opportunity to display it in a domestic setting — like staging a house, VL-style.
UPDATE: Check out the new work in our online shop!