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The MassArt Graduate Programs are pleased to present The Art Of Storytelling, on view at the Doran Graduate Gallery through December 10, 2021.
Art and stories are interwoven throughout cultures, traditions, and mythologies, overlapping human history since the dawn of time. Through ancient practice, art as storytelling travels back to our most primitive way of being. But what happens in the fleeting gaps between memories, the main events? What subtle thoughts connect us, telling stories from the fragments of daily life and the mundane? We believe the answers to these questions lie not only in the individual content of this exhibition, but also in the meaningful spaces between works where new stories are written.
Our lives are overwhelmed with afflictions: climate change, political unrest, global pandemic. Yet within the inundation of fear, we find beauty and intimacy as a means to forge on. These junctures epitomize the everyday, and fortuitously define where we are going and where we have been.
The sensitivity of Olsen’s body in Self-Portrait paired with the physical weight of Milkovich’s Bad Bones is internalized by Powers’ idea of dreams living secretly in the darkness. In conjunction, they transport viewers to new worlds leaving the connective tissue intact.
Pattern pushes up against color,color against light, intimacy against unease. This exhibition explores serendipitous collaborative connections to exemplify the commonality so easily found in unremarkable ways.
--Kristin Beth Powers, 2021