Arts preview: 'Tongue'

Jim Fischer

Angela Meleca Gallery hosts an exhibition curated by the owner opening July 23.

Titled "Tongue," the selected pieces concern "the relationship between language and image," according to the curator's statement.

This group exhibition features work from seven contributing artists: Erica Baum, Robert Buck, Youmna Chlala, Laura Lisbon, Ian Ruffino, Suzanne Silver and Ryland Warton. "Tongue" places the perspective of local artists including Lisbon, Silver and Wharton alongside national artists.

The works in the exhibition are primarily two-dimensional, although a variety of media are represented, from Lisbon's acrylic on canvas and Ruffino's gouache on fabric to print works by Wharton, Baum and Chlala.

Two pieces from Buck's "The Letter! The Litter!" series offer the artist's take on discarded scraps of writing, applied to fabric, including handmade acid-washed denim affixed with metal studs. Silver's two "Illuminated Newspapers" pieces feature metal leaf on newspaper that has been cut and torn.

The exhibition will remain on view through Sept. 3.

Angela Meleca Gallery

Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 23

144 E. State St., Downtown

angelamelecagallery.com