Tell Them Stories Origins
Opening Reception:
October 8th, 2015, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates:
October 8th though November 1st
Mark Miller Gallery
92 Orchard Street
(Located between Delancey & Broome St)
New York, NY 10002
Tel: (212) 253-9479
Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 6pm

Once upon a time in a land far, far away... And so it 

begins. Human beings are driven to tell stories to

capture events and immortalize them, to share what

we know and come to a better understanding of those

events or to take us out of them and escape.

Joseph Campbell places responsibility squarely on the

shoulders of the artist when he claimed in The Power

of Myth, “The function of the artist is the

mythologization of the environment and the world.”

Tun Myaing and Marshall Jones have assembled

eighteen artists, including illustrators, comic book

artists and fine artists in the exhibit Tell Them Stories:

Origins open at the Mark Miller Gallery from

October 8th through November 1st. The works range

from sequential drawings to video, painting and

sculpture. They share in common a response to

popular culture. From science fiction to real time

politicsthey are a commentary on our times that

blurs the lines ofdemarcation present in art world 

hierarchical standards. Recognizable imagery from

Star Wars and Star Trek mix ranks with Kermit the

Frog and Batman. Mythical heroic icons share the

stage with otherworldly creatures. Anthropomorphized

machines and armed horsemen pave the way to man’s


Myaing and Jones give us a peak behind the curtain by

asking each artist to explore the origins of their art.

They have posed three questions:

Why did you create this work of art? Why did you choose

this profession? and, If you could own any work of art

what would it be? The answers, unique and thought full

as the artists themselves, will be revealed at the opening

which takes place on October 8th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Neil Gaiman said it best in Fragile Things: Short Fictions

and Wonders, “Some stories, small, simple ones about

setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales

of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people 

who told them, and some of them have outlasted

the lands in which they were created.” Time will tell the

final outcome, but for now this story is just beginning.