sign series (various titles)

since 2002

printed plastic signs with self-adhesive vinyl

A series made by blocking out words from pre-printed signs using pieces of self-adhesive vinyl, in order perhaps to isolate the underlying sentiments behind these standard communications. For example, "Sorry, we're closed" becomes the simple and abject "Sorry", or a series of prohibition signs becomes the reversible litany "NO NO NO / ON ON ON", or "HELP WANTED" devolves into a desperate call for "HELP". These are installed in out-of-the-way spots of the room, as these types of sign usually are.

Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh: Open Hours, Fall 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh, Apr-Jun 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Plug In ICA, Unlearn, Sep-Nov 2006.
Group Exhibitions: Important Canadian Art, 2004.
Group Exhibitions: if I had a hi-fi, 12-21 Dec 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Signage, Jun-Aug 2002.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Earl Miller, C Magazine, Autumn 2006. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Ander Monson, Important Canadian Art, 2004. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, 28 Sep 2002. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Clint Burnham, Signage, 2002.

Collection(s): Private collections

Germaine Koh, FRET, 2002, printed plastic sign.