Hearsay: Contemporary Artists Reveal Urban Legend Myths

March 29 — May 8, 2014
Curators | Lauren Haisch & Wendy Sherman

About the Exhibition

Urban legends serve as our modern day mythology. Based on cultural traditions and morality tales, these stories prey upon our collective fears and provoke strong, emotional responses. Traditionally, in order for these legends to survive, a mix of text and imagery was used in storytelling, heightening the power of the legend as it passed down through generations. More recently, the internet has encouraged the rapid dissemination of these modern legends, many of which can be traced back to the original folklore that inspired them.

Hearsay: Contemporary Artists Reveal Urban Legends  includes 35 artists, each of whom created artwork based on an urban legend with special significance to them. Each work is accompanied by an explanation of the artist’s personal connection to their chosen urban legend. 

Artists include: Llyn Foulkes, Laurie Lipton, Naida Osline, Victoria Reynolds, Jim Shaw, Jeffrey Vallance, Marnie Weber, Chris Wilder, and Robert Williams. The exhibition will incorporate a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and video, in order to capture the essence of each urban legend.

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