University of Rochester

EVENT: "Message Fracture," an exhibit of paintings on Rochester's linguistic style

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: Now through Nov. 21 in the Gallery at the Art & Music Library on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

November 1, 2006

Artist Stacey Fisher investigates the linguistic style of Rochester through the use of visual and metaphorical abstractions. She explores the ambiguous relationship between the painted mark and the linguistic symbol by laying down acrylic components of language—the lines and half circles of the Roman-English alphabet—on Plexiglas or polyester, and then folding or pressing the images in various ways.

Fisher's pieces represent the message fractures she encountered while studying Rochester's northern dialect. "From code switching to vocabulary, there are many factors that come into play when carrying on a conversation," she says. Her paintings highlight the challenges of language.

Fisher received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio University. She has exhibited in galleries in the United States and in London. She currently works at the Rochester Contemporary, a nonprofit arts center, as lab space coordinator.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the gallery at (585) 275-4476.

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