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Dots and Dashes at ICONA special show designed by ICON Director Bill Teeple and Iowa City artist Steven Erickson is opening at ICON Gallery June 1st, 6:30 to 10:00pm. The show which has been brewing in the minds of Bill and Steve for several years has been referred to as “The Dot Show”. When Iowa City artist Alexandra Janezic was added to the show the name was changed to “The Dots and Dashes Show”. The exhibit continues through July.Bill Teeple was a working artist before becoming a teacher, curator and art historian in Fairfield. A prominent feature in much of his work, both illustration and pure abstract art, was dots. When Bill met Steven Erickson over a decade ago they realized that they both had a fascination with dots. They committed to one day doing a show emphasizing dots. That day has come to pass. “My paintings and drawings in this show are very simple, straight forward and minimalist,” says Bill. “They are an experience in consciousness. In fact, consciousness is the subject of the work. The vibration created by the subtle field of dots invites the consciousness of the viewer to play in the field while still fully aware of itself as the subject.”Steven Erickson’s work in this show use languages related to minimalism and Op art, but rather than being non-objective, they use systems related to the organizational structures of the natural and manmade world. The works evoke air, space, and molecules as well as landscape and computer data. The goal of his work is not to convey specific ideas. Rather, he views art as a mechanism to evoke a different state of being. Alexandra Janezic is a visual artist, bookbinder, and letterpress printer. She makes broadsides, artist books, drawings, and fine press prints focusing on the tie between social ideals of the past and how they manifest in the present using typography. Her artist books are held in public and private collections, including the Library of Congress and Yale University. The works in this exhibition were made using a Smith-Corona electric typewriter.
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