(Forty-three for) Stories Ten
December 3—January 2, 2022
Reception: Saturday December 4, 5:30–7:30pm
With Panini Machini in the parking lot!
Gallery Guide / Price list
With Ellen Akimoto • Marty Azevedo • John Baca • David Barta • Marion Bronson • Steve Miranda Byer • Pat Collentine/Susan Larsen • Adria Davis • Michelle Davis • Sharon DeMeyer • Sandi Escobar • John Ferrell • Haley Hughes • Robin Indar • Peter Jodaitis • Cameron Kelly • Laura Kling • Lynette Krehe • Sienna Orlando Lalaguna • Trevor Lalaguna • Judith Leinen • Eileen Macdonald • Dolores Mitchell • Mike Murphy • Kathleen Nartuhi • Maria Navarro • J. A. Nice • Josh Olivera • Edie Overturf • Tom Patton • Carla Resnick • Eric Richter • Jeff Rindels • Ruby Rudnick • Leslie Mahon Russo • Lauren Ruth • Rudy Salgado • Sheri Simons • Klutch Stanaway • Jason Tannen • Brad Thiele • Erin Wade • Marilyn Walsh
Conceived of in a Brooklyn kitchen, the Stories series began in 2012 as an annual group exhibition held in December of five to eight different artists with strong links to Chico.
This is the final (and tenth) installment of the series. For the years 2012-2016, Stories was held at 820 Broadway; for 2017, at a generous someone’s home on Salem Street; and most lately, 2018 through the present, at 1710 Park Avenue.
We hope you enjoy this culminating collection in 2021. What a decade it has been. How grateful 1078 Gallery is for the Stories artists and their art!
View the previous Stories shows in these photo albums
3 Things About Stories One (2012) Through Nine (2020)
One. I retired from CSU Chico in 2011 having curated more than 100 shows for the Humanities Center Gallery in Trinity Hall. Artists’ statements? Oh man, I was fully exhausted by coercing artists to put words to their works. I’d seen some good results, but mostly? No.
Two. Since the early 1970s, I’ve been on the mailing lists of New York galleries. Fifty years ago, the invitations were art pieces in themselves. Over time, they’re less wondrous or surprising, but the envelopes full of goodies from the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in Chelsea have always contained not only an artist’s statement but a full-on biographical paragraph rich with specifics. Where had the artist been born? Had they had formal training? When did they first identify as artists? Where do they live now? The concrete details fascinate: Their dog is named after a great aunt from Napoli. They use paint only from a hardware store. In the winters, they ice fish and practice French.
Three. In 2012, my son said something like this to me: “You like artists’ stories. Curate a show, why don’t you, with an accompanying booklet of stories. Give artists the prompts. And let them go from there.” This is what we came up with:
VISUALS: 1. A portrait of self. 2. One artwork. 3. An image from life.
TEXT (300 words): Description, biography, and materials rather than interpretation, artist statement, or curatorial notes. The emphasis is on life—a portrayal of your “story.”
Suggestions: When did you first start making art? When and where was this? What were your first instruments, mediums, subjects?
You could describe the place/city/town you live in now (what you see around you, what it’s like). You could describe your workshop/ studio (focusing on instruments, materials, colors, light, physical space).
You could provide evidence of your daily life. You could provide an inventory. It doesn’t have to be exhaustive. It can be a fragment of the environment you are working in now, something interesting or common, a corner of the room, the things you see around you.
1 Thing About Stories Ten (2021)
One. The Stories series at 1078 Gallery is neatly ending at Ten—sans statements, and now even sans booklets, BUT with a vastly new set of concrete details as its context: two murals, a plant nursery, and a coffee shop. Now that is exciting.
—Thomasin Saxe, November 2021