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Waiting for a Sign

Waiting for a Sign

THROUGH JAN. 12, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Figuratively or literally, this exhibit explores the use of signage, text and iconography in the work of eight contemporary artists working in different media to deliver messages of environmental justice, protest, personal identity and hope. These artists use humor, provocation and wonder to engage and involve audiences in their works.

Lora Fosberg, director of exhibitions at Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts, says viewers of “Waiting for a Sign” should easily grasp the meaning of the two- and three-dimensional pieces that make up their newest exhibit.

“It’s a language that people who don’t speak the language of art already know,” she said. “They read signs all the time. They already understand text and language. When you add text to art, it’s not like asking them to learn a whole new language like abstract expressionism or minimalism. It’s super accessible.”

Opening Oct. 20 and running through Jan. 13 at Lubeznik Center’s Hyndman, Brincka/Cross and Susan Block Galleries, “Sign” features original creations by more than a half dozen artists in and beyond the Region which explore text, iconography and signage and it’s use on modern-day art.

The artists whose works make up “Signs” are Willie Baronet, Bernard Williams, Diana Guerrero-Macia, Deb Sokolow, Corey Hagelberg, Joel Ross, Kay Rosen and Cheryl Pope. Approximately 30 pieces make up the exhibit.

The eight artists created paintings, drawings, photography, banners, and an installation of signs for “Signs.”

“It’s a really big, expansive collection of artwork in multiple mediums,” Fosberg said of “Signs.”

While the pieces that make up “Signs” come in a myriad of styles and dimensions as well as from multiple artists, Fosberg sees a common thread in the works that make up the exhibit that result in a unifying message.

“The search for meaning and truth is real,” she said. “The search for truth is something that’s so relevant today. In our media. Everywhere. And this artwork all has that in common. They’re all searching for truth and meaning.”

An opening reception for “Signs” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 2. On Nov. 3, Lubeznik will screen “Signs of Humanity,” a documentary produced and co-directed by Baronet.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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