Guy-Vincent Explores Identity Through Twitter Symbols

click to enlarge Guy-Vincent, “The First To Travel (Detail),” 76 in. by 60 in., Archival print, acrylic, gesso, graphite, enamel, spray paint, ink on Somerset paper. Photo by Dameon Guess.
Guy-Vincent, “The First To Travel (Detail),” 76 in. by 60 in., Archival print, acrylic, gesso, graphite, enamel, spray paint, ink on Somerset paper. Photo by Dameon Guess.
Described as the “Godfather” of “Symbol Art” on Twitter (@SYMBOLart, #sYmBoLaRt), Guy-Vincent latest efforts combine his interests in symbols and identity, which the artist describes as the “Two primal aspects of human visual communication.” Neo Post Factum also explores elements of ancestry and its relationship to identity.

“The images are intended to create filmic non-linear narratives – visual experiences of the past reconfigured, reinterpreted, and re-understood in terms of the present," he says.

Presented in partnership with Jakprints, Neo Post Factum includes more than 50 new, large scale works by Guy-Vincent. The collaboration between Guy-Vincent and Jakprints began two years ago when Jakprints co-owner Dameon Guess met the artist at IngenuityFest. “From our initial meeting, I’ve always had a feeling that Guy-Vincent’s work is bigger than himself. He’s incredibly talented and very passionate. His work is cohesive, very tangible and reflects his authenticity along with a wonderful sense of mystery and intrigue.”

Many of the works in his new exhibition at Tri-C are scanned, manipulated, layered, painted and drawn upon. The result is imagery that creates a non-linear narrative, reinterpreting, reconfiguring and re-understanding visual experiences. “The integrating of the Symbol Art plays a critical role by providing a visual counterpoint, dispelling the sense of nostalgia, while providing new context and narratives,” the artist explains.

“Guy-Vincent’s most recent work is stunning in its scale and presence,” says exhibition curator and Gallery Director of the Galleries at Cleveland State University Robert Thurmer. “It combines many of the artist’s long-standing interests and utilizes the full range of his native talents. All of the intellectual and technical nuances notwithstanding however, Guy-Vincent amazes with his natural knack for the compelling image. As an artist, Guy-Vincent functions as a unique combination of philosopher, scholar, inventor, virtuoso, magician and mad scientist.”

Utilizing Twitter’s coding, Guy-Vincent continues to experiment with Symbol Art 140 characters (or less) at a time. These abstract messages allow him to push the boundaries of meaning, symbolism and visual communication.
“Always interested in symbols and mark-making, upon discovering Twitter I began exploring the use of Unicode characters as indecipherable graphic patterns instead of typing standard messages,” he explains. “The ‘tweets’ that I began generating consisted of ASCII characters, often abstract, comprised of various letters, numbers, shapes, and symbols. The more I experimented with these ‘digital sketches’ the more compelling I found it to expand the boundaries inherent in Twitter’s 140 character limit.

Guy-Vincent’s Neo Post Factum opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 28, and remains on view through Nov. 23. Tri-C Gallery East’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

(Tri-C Eastern Campus) 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills, 216-987-2473

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