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Tim Brookes

When: May 3-June 19 2018
Email: gallery@riverartsvt.org
How is language kept alive? In 2010, with the help of formidable language website Omniglot.com, the Burlington artist and writer began to study and carve some of the world’s 40-odd endangered alphabets (of an estimated 130 or 140 existing scripts). “These gnarly or magnificent old scripts were being replaced by the beige, rectangular uniformity of the keyboard,” Brookes reflects on his website. “There was a curious advantage to unfamiliar scripts. If you stare at a letter or word and have no idea even how to sound it out, you start looking at that letter not as an atom of sound or of meaning, but as a design.” Linking the threatened alphabets to the humanism expressed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Brookes began to carve the first article of that document in some of the most precarious languages. By May 2010 he was exhibiting his work and attracting the likes of the New York Times. Many of the carvings made over Brookes’ eight-year journey are on view in “The Enigmatic Art of Endangered Alphabets” at Morrisville’s River Arts Gallery.

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