Verbal Input I Visual Output

Verbal Input I Visual Output
Exploring the Relationship Between Words and Images
Curated by Susan Sherwood and Caranine Smith, MA students
October 25 – November 5, 2010
Opening reception: October 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
From the catalog: 
This show concept was initially developed out of a common cultural phenomenon. Both of us are avid readers, and we’ve often gone to film adaptations of novels and been disappointed to find that their plots had been altered. In addition, we were confronted with a completely different visual experience than what we had imagined when reading the book. We realized that the verbal input from the book was processed differently by us and the movie-makers, producing completely different visual images. Different people will call forth different images when confronted with the same text. Ultimately, the movie had become one person’s visual interpretation of the words of the book – that of the director. 
We decided to experiment with this idea using Gallery 102 as a gallery space where artists could explore the relationship between words and images. We gave the student artists within George Washington University community part of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1820 poem Love’s Philosophy, and asked the artists to interpret it visually according to the images brought to their minds. The works produced in this show represent each individual artist’s interpretation as a result of reading these words:  
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?