IN LONGHAND marks Doug Cannell’s first solo show in Chicago and features all new works.
These sculptures have their roots in calligraphy, brushwork, and the written word. Many of these unique works are inspired by Japanese sumi-e calligraphy, in particular the Zen practice of the enso, an ink circle drawn briefly and in one stroke. Others are deconstructed and reimagined letterforms from the Thai, Armenian, Korean and other alphabets. But all are fabricated from bent, laminated plywood, in a process that interprets loose, inky brushstrokes and typography into three dimensions.