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"Writings Plus," an exhibition of paintings by George Merheb up at the Mark Hachem Gallery, strings together modern and ancient alphabets to create a new body of multimedia works.The tale tells of humanity in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating westward, where they arrive at the land of Shinar.The tale is meant as an origin story for the many language of the world.Merheb is unsure if his next project will continue exploring language, feeling he has little left to say on the topic at present.He hopes that viewers seeing his works will appreciate the similarity between the old tale of Babel and today's muddling of language -- whether it be multilinguists who blend three languages or social media users who speak in coded acronyms for brevity.
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