Culture, Language

I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between text and image. I even taught a course about it (PDF download) a few years ago. Many artists have achieved striking results by juxtaposing one with the other in ways that mimic advertising or propaganda; most notably, Barbara Kruger. But, thanks to a post over at locussolus (an excellent blog I recently discovered, via this post over at LanguageHat) I just learned of an artist who does the opposite!

Matt Siber meticulously removes all the text from images, with a haunting effect. The pictures are cleverly displayed in the slide show so that you can switch between views that show just the text, or just the image.

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I’m not going to waste your time talking about these images — just go look for yourself!