WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Library is hosting an opening reception for Lawrence Lazar's "Reimagining Language" on Friday, April 1, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library's Great Hall.
This exhibit of Lazar's new work opens Tuesday and will run through Wednesday, June 22.
Westport artist Lazar (aka McGarvey) says that from a very early age, "I excelled at drawing real things like flowers, birds and people. But when I came to the age of writing letters and numbers, I found it difficult to accept their abstract representation because I could not see letters and numbers in our natural world."
Recalling his frustration as a child, he decided as an artist to release the 26 letters of the alphabet from the page and used a lathe to create the new letters by spinning them 360 degrees in three-dimensional space. In turn, the "flattened," two-dimensional version of the spun letters became the new alphabet's graphic symbols in print.
Born in Suffern, N.Y., in 1965, Lazar holds a degree in art and design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He lives and works in Westport and New York City.
The opening is free and open to the public. Use the library's upper-level entrance.
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