Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present Broken Language, an exhibition featuring four artists whose works operate within coded systems of visual communication. These artists utilize fractured letterforms, emojis, trademarks, commercial illustrations, and icons in a process that dismisses linear narrative in favor of non-hierarchical structures of language. Collectively, the work builds on millennia of visual storytelling—from hieroglyphs to narrative paintings to corporate logos–transcending cultural boundaries and linguistic constraints. The paintings and sculptures of New York-based Wendy White reference iconic branding against a spectrum of color. White’s work evokes an acute sense of nostalgia luminous hues conjure bright, sun-drenched surf and skate culture and become a backdrop for longing and melancholy. Airbrushing recalls the immediacy of spray-painted abandoned pools and storefronts in Southern California as well as the alleyways adjacent to the artist’s Brooklyn-based studio–recording a clash of youth culture and consumerism. White’s frenetic scripts, confident in their saturation and gesture, live alongside a smattering of commercial logos, both of which hover over ghostly color fields. An early adopter of computer-generated imaging (CGI), Los Angeles-based Takeshi Murata constructs hand-drawn animations, highly fabricated wall reliefs, digital still-lifes, and video installations to accentuate the defects and broken codes of film, advertising, and pop culture. Often drawing on the language of early emoticons and emojis, Murata’s slick allegorical works embrace and exploit the psychology of shared cultural references embedded in objects, images, and symbols.