Seeing Is Reading

Words, words, words — they're everywhere. These ubiquitous written bits of language have become part of our landscape, whether we're out on the open road, at lunch taking a break or even just looking at a friend's T-shirt. This oversaturation can render all of these words almost meaningless, unless we're forced to view the text of the world in a new way, say, through someone else's eyes. Photographer Lewis Koch has captured bits of text here and glimpses of words there as he's traveled around several continents over the course of twenty years. The resulting images, compiled in the book Touchless Automatic Wonder: Found Text Photographs from the Real World, offer context for the words within, even through the absence of such, and the artist weaves the photographs together, so they also take on a larger meaning when considered as a whole. Get more insight into text and Koch's thoughts on the subject when he discusses and signs Touchless Automatic Wonder at 7 p.m. at the downtown branch of Left Bank Books (321 North Tenth Street; 314-436-3049 or www.left-bank.com). Admission is free, but the book costs $45.
Thu., Feb. 4, 2010

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