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Larkin Werner



This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Happiness is not a place, it’s a direction.

The arrow is probably the oldest and most basic of graphic symbols. It is universal in its simple command, “Go this way,” - the primary metaphor of direction that we use every day to navigate through our physical and virtual worlds.

The lighted roadside arrow was probably invented first and had to wait around for Edison and Ford to catch up. Meant to be viewed at 60 miles an hour and 30 feet away, they are part huckster, part ad, part message board; it’s the everyman’s sure-fire solution to getting attention, making a sale, driving business. Drive down the street and it’s the everywhere, everyday object. But so ubiquitous are these today that they go largely unnoticed. The only thing that differentiates one from another are the words and letters on the illuminated panel backdrop, authored by a hurried entrepreneur.

Larkin collects arrows. Mainly pictures. Hundreds of them. Some artifacts. Start to look for them and they are everywhere. It’s a distraction, just ask his wife.

Curated by Katherine Talcott


Gestures 14: May 8 – June 20, 2010
About The Artist

Larkin Werner is a partner and creative director at Wall-to-Wall Studios, a graphic design studio with offices in Pittsburgh, PA, and Honolulu, HI. Wall-to-Wall Studios creates exciting and meaningful branding for print, web, and motion. Werner earned a BFA in Communication Design from Syracuse University and has over seventeen years of graphic design and brand strategy experience. His work has received accolades from various publications and organizations, including Print MagazineCommunication ArtsGraphisStep, AIGA 100, Sappi International, and The Ad Federation, among others. He was named one of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40 in 2006. He is a current member and past President of the American Institute of Graphic Art (AIGA), Pittsburgh Chapter. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife (a metals artist) and two children. He still believes that good design can save the world.

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