During each month of Short Stories, SculptureCenter's lower level galleries will be turned over to two artists who will each present an autonomous exhibition project. The rear ground floor gallery, meanwhile, will be transformed into a reading room, a locus and constant throughout the duration of project. It will feature art works, books selected by the artists in relation to their exhibition presentations, commissioned texts, audio works and other ephemera. This space will act as a site of production and dissemination, where the accrual of material will also serve as the documentation for Short Stories. Finally, in the closing week of Short Stories, the main gallery will be used as an event space by participating artists to feature performances, screenings, and talks.
Through the artist independently fashioned narratives, Short Stories presents work engaged in the architecture of how to read and write the object, the image, and the practice. Short Stories takes the notion of 'reading' as a framework through which an artist might begin to construct personal positions and self-determined subjects.
Exhibiting Artist Biographies
Iman Issa (Cairo, Egypt, 1979) works with photography, video, sound, objects, and texts, creating reconstructed images of personal yet inaccessible places, and exploring collective memory. Her practice asks whether place is independent of history and questions how the frame of the image informs our understanding of context.
Ben Schumacher (Kitchener, Canada, 1985) creates images and sculptural installations that explore diverse ways to conceptualize and present art, both in-situ and online. He is interested in the collapse between object and image, and the artist frequently engages with the dispersion and circulation of images of his work on the Internet as an uneasy surrogate or postscript to his gallery-based work. Schumacher customizes the image documentation of all his sculptural output, thus creating a visual fiction of the original object.