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OPENINGS: PETER SCHOOLWERTH

“MY WORK FUNCTIONS IN THE spaces between things,” says Pieter Schoolwerth, “between genders, between man and monster, between species, between alphabets.” In recent years many thinkers and artists have focused on the idea of the indefiniteness of recognized entities and the existence of unacknowledged categories between them, but, unlike most visual artists, Schoolwerth enters this realm of the indefinite or the in-between primarily through language—and not through poetic or metaphoric language, but through bizarrely rigorous manipulations of the alphabet.

Schoolwerth’s work has various components—sculptural, pictorial, media-based—but at its foundation is the creation of alternative alphabets, of which the centerpiece or capstone so far is “an alphabet that exists between alphabets.” This alphabet between alphabets was produced by doubling the Latin characters: parts of two letters are

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