|About||Activity: Making Connections||Installation Views||Participants||Press Release||Findings||Acknowledgements|
Kofu Fosu Forson
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Abrazo Interno Gallery
107 Suffolk Street, Second Floor (between Delancey & Rivington Streets), NYC
Thursday, August 30 – Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Readings & Discussion
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
“What makes a story worth telling?” To explore that question, co-curators Linda Griggs and Erik Sanner asked eighteen writers to offer up short, meaningful passages. Eighteen artists were then encouraged to respond to one of the texts in the visual medium of their choice. Viewers are invited to investigate the urge to share stories as they encounter this exhibition of all-new visual art and the words which inspired each piece.
Upon entering the space, viewers are given copies all of the writing. However, there is no indication as to which visual piece corresponds with which text. Viewers will need to find those connections, and perhaps more deeply engage with the thoughts of the writers and the artists as a result. Viewers may choose to play a kind of matching game, filling out a scorecard indicating which written and visual works go together. Visitors will also be invited to share what they think makes a story worth telling or otherwise respond to the exhibit.
Griggs and Sanner will review the scorecard results and the other responses submitted by participating visitors. At the close of the brick-and-mortar exhibition, they will present their findings online. The matching game will be made available as a permanent online exhibition, accompanied by documentation of the materials shared by viewers.
In presenting a variety of artistic mediums, thematic material and genres, we hope the audience will walk away contemplating some of the issues these writers and artists see as paramount. Perhaps we may also come to a better understanding of the deeply-rooted instinct to share stories.