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Published on Feb 24, 2016
As an observer of contemporary painting, it has been fascinating for James Kalm to monitor the current evolution and popularity of the use of text as a graphic device. Paul D'Agostino puts his scholarly studies in Latin and Italian to use in structuring an investigation into the design and use of a "Chromatic Alphabet", a code of basic geometric forms and colors that stand in for letters. Using the vowels as backbone, the artist composes words that, to the uninitiated, read as formalist abstractions, but to the "literate" subtle puns and word games become apparent. A musical introduction is provided by Yacouba Diabaté. This program was recorded February 21, 2016 in Bushwick Brooklyn.