Storytellers is a selection of works by artists who reimagine and reinvent the essential practice of telling stories through visual art.
Each work represents aspects of a complex personal narrative, glimpses into alternate realities created with diverse materials and processes – Miranda Delgai’s reflection of Navajo tradition and identity through weaving, Billy White’s multivalent hand-built ceramics, or the effortless humor of Michael Pellew’s pop culture inspired drawings. The narratives that these artists construct are not only imaginative inventions, but broader representations of their experiences and highly original perspectives. Curated by Tim Ortiz and Andreana Donahue, this group exhibition includes five LAND artists, as well as developmentally disabled artists maintaining contemporary practices at progressive art studios throughout the country (including Billy White and Sara Malpass).
Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz are the co-founders of Disparate Minds, an ongoing interdisciplinary project discussing the work of marginalized self-taught artists in an art historical and contemporary context. Through their research, writing, lectures, and curatorial projects, Donahue and Ortiz share insight informed by extensive experience in this field as practicing artists, artist facilitators, and dedicated disability rights advocates.
Storytellers runs now through April 19 at LAND Gallery in Brooklyn.