Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Christopher Wool's text pieces are minimal, monochromatics, and for the large part words stenciled on aluminum. The sharp contrast of the dark text and light background lead the veiwer into reading the pieces as if they are a warning or declaration of truth, despite the absurdity of text itself. The text is found and it many times applied in a manner that forces the viewer to read the piece several times before the proper wording of the phrase is established (awkward spacing between letters is usually Wool's prefered method). Additionally, I find a subtle, and usually dark, humor in the phrases themselves, which only adds to the pieces.