Definition of idiom: an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that makes it up
Playing Idioms is an ongoing artistic collaboration between Nathan Huff and Chris Rupp. Just as “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so too might the repetitions of grouped words inspire innumerable pictures? Huff and Rupp respond to various language idioms through sculptural interpretations placed inside an infinity-mirrored box. The artists’ sculptural assemblages are not literal translations of sayings, but are reconfigured maxims, which are submitted as an extension of malleable bits of language.
By creating new monthly sculptures within the space, the artists attempt to engage viewers with notions of cultural inclusion/exclusion, with the de-constructed vocabulary of a specific adage, or with the artists’ teasing humor based on the lingo of puns.