tell me a story
June 16 - July 28, 2017
Friday, June 16, 5:30 - 8:00pm | FREE
 "Going Solo " Exhibition or $500
 $200 Juror's Choice Awards
Mark Addison Smith
Patricia Anderson Turner
Adrienne Der Marderosian
Kathryn Jill Johnson
Laura Saunders Kaiser
Corrin Smithson McWhirter
Narrative art appears throughout the history of humanity as a catalog of experiences across all cultures. Whether implied or spelled out, many artworks have epic tales to tell despite the limited imagery they are allowed. While literary artists have the luxury of inexhaustible words to describe a tale, visual artists rely on their imagination to successfully communicate a narrative and ignite another's imagination. Tell Me A Story highlights the story-telling, narrative abilities of artwork.
Jason Bly is a professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, as well as at Lewis and Clark Community College. He has won several exhibition awards for his works.
Jason Bly’s oil paintings investigate the interaction between digital media and the tools used to access it. Familiar, realistically-rendered objects are coupled with a graphic sensibility of flat color and imaginary spaces to create a juxtaposition of the real and the artificial. Through layering several thin layers of oil, Bly’s trompe l’oiel technique renders an environment of imagery related to the overwhelming visual stimuli which we encounter everyday. His incorporative process mimics our mental adaptation to our modern technological phyche.