Los Angeles-based artist Shannon Ebner is known for black and white photographs for which she embeds text sculptures in the American landscape, offering a consideration of the powerful sculptural qualities of language. Working also with typography and commercial signage, the artist explores the limitations of language in order to show the architectural elements of communication. Her language-based sculptures illustrate the physical construction of letters through their repeated formal qualities, allowing Ebner to focus on the structure and syntax of linguistic communication.
For her High Line Commission, Ebner presented, in collaboration with David Reinfurt, A HUDSON YARD, a series of twelve wheat-pasted posters at various locations around the High Line in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. Each poster featured a photograph of a capital letter “A” as found in different settings – an advertisement on the side of a building, a logo on the awning of a shoe shop, a municipal mural under an overgrown plant on a city wall. A most anemic advertising campaign, the four-by-six-foot posters were installed one-by-one at the beginning of each month for twelve months, each lasting between one day and one week before being removed by weather, property owners, or passersby.
The project culminates with the publication of a pamphlet that summarizes the campaign, and includes a text by the artists and photographs from the project. A launch event for the pamphlet will take place on June 4 in the 14th Street Passage, and will feature a performance of a new composition by Alex Waterman.
Photos by Timothy Schenck.