Text-based art is one of those things that you either love or loathe--there's rarely a middle ground. While some artists make the written word the basis of their full body of work (see Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and Martin Firrell), others have used text selectively, using it to supplement their existing (or evolving) style. Texas-born artist John Wilcox found himself in the latter camp as a result of his experiences with the AIDS epidemic that swept the New York art scene in the late '80s. Choosing his words wisely, Wilcox created a collection of text words and their complimentary paintings, finding a way to put a voice and view to the time he was experiencing. For the first time, these word-works and their related paintings will be on display together as John Wilcox: New York City 1988-89 Text Drawings and Related Paintings, on display through April 17 at Barry Whistler Gallery, 2909-B Canton St. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 214-939-0242 or visit barrywhistlergallery.com.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: March 11. Continues through April 17, 2010