Pat Courtney

Hillman Holland Gallery

For several years, Pat Courtney has been reproducing images and text from dictionaries in paintings and photocopies that expose power relations inherent in the language and culture. With her latest work, Courtney has branched out in medium and content, adding to the dictionary pieces several Xeroxes from other sources, a sound installation, a Styrofoam wall piece bearing the word “Ozone,” and an installation of View-master© viewers showing sites of development, demolition, and pollution of the physical and intellectual environment.

One of the dictionary pieces in this show is the key to the artist’s method and intention: Iron Lung, 1988, an 8-by-8foot, latex-on-canvas painting of a dictionary page, with a large, blue border whose color suggests institutional wall paint. The cropped dictionary page isolates an iron lung illustration and the surrounding words: “ironical,” “irradiation,”

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