Curated by Marius von Brasch
Jan Williams/Chris Teasdale - The Caravan Gallery
Marius von Brasch
About the show
I invited six artists to contribute work in response to the question of how to tell stories or link into a bigger narrative in a pictorial way.
Being deeply attracted by all kinds of stories and their fluent connection between truth and the imaginary, I've been quite often disappointed by those that resolve neatly all enticing and ambiguous strands so as to leave me, while turning the last page, with a rising feeling of being cheated of what felt alive before .
It's similar to asudden knowing that a painting has been 'killed' by overdoing the good thing.
In contrast, ancient storytellers, for example, the Khanty people from Western Siberia, prolonged their stories so far into the night that listeners would fall asleep and never know an end.
Thus, a story can entail 'a path to be followed, along which one can keep on going rather than coming to a dead end or being caught in a loop of ever-repeating cycles' (Tim Gold, Lines, 2007, p. 90).
And, of course, a story can also fold back and deny communicating.
I hope that our show will convey something of this creative openness of sharing stories so that viewers are invited to compose a story-line that picks up on the lines, loops, planes, ruptures and forces within a frame, or connects with other frames close-by.
Most of the work will be for sale.
This show is part of an ongoing series of events in my studio every half a year where I intend to bring together groups of artists whose work I believe in.