Maryland-based artist Johnny Carrera has taken on his own life’s work for the past twelve years. Carrera’s project, like Phillips’ starts with an existing book: in this case, the original engravings of the Webster’s Dictionary. Carrera’s The Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary transforms his source to create a new lexicon of words, texts, and meaning. Together these projects not only offer insights into the working process of two artists but also allow viewers to rethink books, images, and the nature of time. For Life’s Work Carrera’s exhibition book pages alongside reinterpretations of the etching projected at a large-scale, inviting viewers to feel as if they can walk straight into the world of The Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary.
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust with additional funding provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.