Manifest Gallery delights in throwing out an idea and seeing what it might reel in. The current show, Mythography, explores a concept that’s as old as art but has been unfashionable in recent years: storytelling.
What would happen, wondered Manifest’s Assistant Director Tim Parsley, if the gallery called for entries to a show based on narrative art, work that in some form or other tells a story? Manifest Director Jason Franz said, “Let’s do it,” and Parsley, who had previously co-curated shows, put together his first exhibition as sole curator.
Entries were first trimmed down by a jury and then further culled by Parsley without access to names of artists or their locales in order to make sure the strength of the work was the driving consideration. Constrictions of the gallery’s Walnut Hills storefront space also had to be kept in mind.
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