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Art: Sign Song: Hobo Signs & Mixed Messages at Semantics Gallery

By Steve Rosen · November 4th, 2008 · CityBeat Recommends

Scott Boberg's new show at Semantics Gallery in Brighton is called Sign Song: Hobo Signs & Mixed Messages and borrows from hobo symbols used on houses during the Great Depression to inform fellow hoboes about what to expect from the occupant inside. The exhibition features as its centerpiece “Hobo Signs (Nos. 1-50),” consisting of 50 gouache and metallic acrylic paintings on paper arranged as a single grid of black-framed images.

Among the symbols included are ones for “man with a gun lives here,” “hold your tongue” and “hit the road quick.” Other pieces in the show draw their inspiration from song titles and lyrics, text messages and personal writing. Boberg uses such materials as a classroom world map, sandwich boards, movie marquee letters and a full-length mirror. It all adds up to an observation/installation about the importance of signs in our art as well as our everyday life. Boberg, in addition to his work as an artist, is the curator of education at Contemporary Arts Center.  The show is open Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. through Nov. 29. Get gallery details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.



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