Untitled, 2009

Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo
Courtesy of the artist

Cut vinyl is part of the vocabulary of exhibition design. Texts meant to elucidate the meaning of an artwork are produced in this material and put on the wall for visitors to read. Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo takes this tool of the trade and creates wall installations composed of letters and words in various fonts (type styles) and languages. Rather than making the meaning clear, however, language in Jared’s work is jumbled and meaning is obscured. Language’s ability to communicate ideas is thereby brought into question (as is the ability of curators and art historians to interpret those ideas). The viewer is encouraged to stand amid this Tower of Babel and think about the anatomy of language: How did particular letters come to look like they do? How did so many different languages emerge? What is the origin of a particular words or language? Is there a pattern to their use and placement here? What is the artist’s intended meaning?

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