Doug Beube
W's Twisted Meanings

2006
altered dictionary
15 x 14 x 6 in.
Parts of an English dictionary are cut away in the shape of a ‘W,’ whose further contortions become symptomatic. Once detached from its place in a roster of lexical entries and wrenched from its clean alphabetic geometry into various pretzel-like shapes, this supposedly stable letter of the verbal system works to typify all the ways human vocabulary gets deliberately bent out of shape. ‘W’ not only references the letter in the alphabet, but alludes to the fumbled phrases of speech by the 43rd president, George W Bush.
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