If you’re not up on your mid-20th century French philosophy, you could read Roland Barthes’ dense semiotics essay “Rhetoric of the Image” to better understand the nature of image-based thought in communication or you could instead visit Gary Bishop’s exhibition Language … Images and Text at Kirk Hopper Fine Art. Bishop’s exhibition combines photography and text to examine the ephemeral lines between written language and the sometimes ineffable, noumenal concepts that it attempts to describe and enhance. A Dallas native, Bishop has been working professionally as a photographer since 1969 and says he seeks to “invoke a dialogue between [his] art and the viewer” by asking viewers to “decode words and images as tropes and icons … bringing the concept of vernacular to question.” Running through January 7, the exhibition questions how we derive meaning from visual language and the role of images in the communicative process. KHFA is open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday at 3008 Commerce St., and you can call 214-760-9230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 4. Continues through Jan. 7, 2011