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New Tales to Tell 

Wednesday, Jul 11 2012
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Ever since humans first sat around campfires gnawing wooly mammoth bones, we've been telling stories. What undoubtedly started out as tall tales about the mammoths that got away evolved into complex mythologies and epic poems like The Iliad and The Odyssey. On one level, these were stories told for pure escapism, but they also attempted to make some sense of our place in this world. The participants in the group exhibition "re:Told" are similarly interested in the power of words, mining stories both old and recent but giving them a new spin for this age of the hyper-accelerated offline/online experience. Much of the work on display involves personal histories, such as Christine Elfman's Storydress II photography series in which the artist made a paper dress printed with her great-grandmother's memories and then used an antique photo-printing process to capture the garment in pictures. Lahib Jaddo also refers to family in her evocative piece Covered with Mom's Letter that depicts a woman whose face is obscured against a background of handwritten script. Meanwhile Julia Sackett's sculpture Day Planner recasts an old datebook in acrylic, creating a monument to a particular everyday life and hearkening back to a time in the not-so-distant past when we wrote our appointments down on paper. At least storytelling itself will never go out of fashion, and with over 30 artists and writers contributing to the show, visitors should find plenty to peruse.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 18. Continues through July 28, 2012

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