Curated by Pat Swanson, Another Story examines the range of conceptual, abstract, and figurative approaches that artists use when the book or its surrogate is at the heart of their investigations. The exhibition concentrates on new or recent works by Lisa Barense, Stephanie Brooks, Lucy Baxandall, Brian Dettmer, Kathryn Kucera, Material Exchange, Mark Rospenda and Rhonda Wheatley.
When an artist conceives a work that starts with a book, a page, or a text, there may already be a story or a meaning implicit therein. How an artist uses (or chooses not to use) that story as a starting point to extend, celebrate, imitate, distort, or warp the underlying item to make a new work of art is the focus of this exhibition. Some of the artists make book-like objects; others alter books, deconstruct them, mimic or satirize their forms, appropriate or obliterate their texts, or re-contextualize them.