Tall Tales of Transparent Things

April 5 - 6, 2019

Fitzrovia Gallery, London, UK

A tall tale is “a story that may or may not be true but contains hard-to-believe details.” Often it’s a story that has undergone a transformation by being repeated, embellished, and exaggerated yet retains a certain power over us. Ironically, being “hard to believe” makes it hard to ignore — and hard to forget.


The very implausability of a tall tale invites questions, encouraging us to think about it again, pushing us to break through what Nabokov in the novella Transparent Things calls the “thin veneer of immediate reality.”


Artists tell stories through their work, but their work also tells their own stories. And we bring our stories to their work. These are the tall tales of transparent things.

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