Organized by the Norton Museum of Art
Story-telling and narrative strategies have been staples in contemporary image making since the 1970s. Many of the artists who are working today using video have continued to explore this fertile genre. L. A. Stories brings together four artists whose work embraces and exploits the narrative potentials of video. Their works range from straight-forward storytelling to the isolation of evocative narrative-laden moments that string together. The projections and installations that comprise this exhibition tell tales that speak as much to the artists’ own experience as artists as to the broader experience of navigating and understanding contemporary life. Included in the exhibition are two artists, Eileen Cowin and Judy Fiskin, who have been mainstays in Southern California art scene for more than three decades. As working artists as well as educators (Cowin at California State University at Fullerton and Fiskin at the California Arts Institute), both began their practice in photography and naturally gravitated to video over the course of their careers. Joining these two are Mark Daybell who did his graduate work with Cowin in Fullerton, and Julie Orser who studied at Cal Arts.