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You Tell Me

Group Exhibition | Curated by Scott Hunt and Michael Foley

September 5 – October 14, 2018

R. Crumb, The Unbearable Tediousness of Being, 2003

R. Crumb

The Unbearable Tediousness of Being, 2003

Ink and Correction Fluid on Paper

14 x 11 Inches Each

Framed: 19.5 x 15.5 x 1 Inch Each.
Signed, titled and dated recto, signed verso


Inka Essenhigh, Ice Cliff, 2005

Inka Essenhigh

Ice Cliff, 2005

Oil on Paper

24h x 18w in

Framed: 27.50h x 21.50w in


Duncan Hannah ,

Duncan Hannah

Rimini, 2012

Oil on Canvas

24h x 18w in


Amy Cutler ,

Amy Cutler

Three Men in the Woods, 2015

Gouache on Paper

30h x 22w in

Framed: 37.50h x 30w in


Charles McGill ,

Charles McGill

Heart of Darkness, 2015

Reconfigured Gold Bag, Parts and Hardware

18h x 24w x 22d in


Nicky Nodjoumi ,

Nicky Nodjoumi

"The Fug" Courtesy of Taymour Gallery., 2008

Oil on Canvas

36h x 24w in


Scott Hunt ,

Scott Hunt

Gravity, 2017

Charcoal on Paper

27.88h x 34.88w in


Larissa Bates ,

Larissa Bates

"Gold Leaf Wrestlers", "Head Honchos," "Two Baby Pills", 2011

Gouache and Gold Leaf on Panel

10h x 8w in


Scooter LaForge ,

Scooter LaForge

The Family (Courtesy of Howl! Happening), 2018

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

16h x 20w in


Angela Dufresne ,

Angela Dufresne

Carport Extended Family, 2018

Charcoal on Paper

28h x 40w in


Sharka Hyland ,

Sharka Hyland

Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book 3, 2016

Pencil on Prepared Paper

10.50h x 13.50w in


Zachari Logan ,

Zachari Logan

Baroque Child (from Grotesque series), 2013

Pastel on Black Paper

38.75h x 38.75w in


Vanessa German ,

Vanessa German

Cream crackers, 2016

Mixed Media Assemblage

72h x 23w x 36d in


Julie Heffernan ,

Julie Heffernan

Study for Self-Portrait Dressing Wounds, 2012

Oil on Canvas

20h x 22w in


John Jacobsmeyer ,

John Jacobsmeyer

Get Him!, 2016

Oil on Aluminum

28h x 28w in


Hugh Steers ,

Hugh Steers

Falling Lamp, 1987

Oil on Canvas

19.25h x 15.63w in


Rachell Sumpter ,

Rachell Sumpter

American Artist, 2018

Gouache and Pastel on Paper

12.50h x 10.50w in

Framed: 16.50h x 14.50w in


Michael Foley and Scott Hunt are pleased to announce You Tell Me, a group exhibition of contemporary artists featuring narrative art by Angela Dufresne, Inka Essenhigh, Zachari Logan, Vanessa German, Charles McGill, R. Crumb, John Jacobsmeyer, Nicky Nodjoumi, Larissa Bates, Rachell Sumpter, Amy Cutler, Scott Hunt, Hugh Steers, Duncan Hannah, Scooter Laforge, Julie Heffernan and Sharka Hyland.


Curatorial Statement by Scott Hunt:


“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” - Hannah Arendt


As a fine artist who makes narrative drawings, I frequently find myself being asked the same question about my work, “What’s the story behind this drawing; Tell me what’s going on here?” And to that I inevitably answer, “I’m not sure. Why don’t you tell me?” Usually what follows is a moment of readjustment as this person begins to shift from simply wanting a facile answer to spinning their own narrative tale for me. This turning of the tables is the jumping off point for You Tell Me, an exhibition of contemporary narrative art.


Engagement seems the least that one can expect to experience when looking at art. This conversation between art and audience is arguably even more important in a work of narrative art because the engine that drives the narrative comes not from the artist alone but also from the imagination of the onlooker. The artist uses signs, references, metaphors, and symbols—visual semiotics—to help move the narrative forward and to reveal meaning.

But the beauty of this process is that the meaning of these symbols, their interpretations and personal associations, are different for every person. And so each of us who interacts with the work of art is keeping it alive by creating our own narrative, thus preventing the art from becoming static, from being extinguished from a lack of creative oxygen.


The artists included in this show all share a love of the narrative. Some use it as a tool to deal with personal demons, others are invested in creating fanciful stories or decoding subconscious dreaming, still others are in a struggle to chronicle social history or personal identity. And one of us deconstructs the narrative form even further by drawing printed texts, illuminating the vibratory power of words on a page.


Since storytelling relies on metaphor, narrative art need not be figurative in nature. This collection of evocative and mysterious art reflects that fact.


Scott Hunt produces charcoal and pastel works on paper that are narrative and/or allegorical in nature.


Hunt has had seven solo shows in the U.S. and Europe and has been included in many group exhibitions including most recently, “Really?,” a show of contemporary realism curated by the esteemed American collector, Beth Rudin DeWoody.


Hunt is the recipient of the 2017 FID Prize for Drawing, as well as a Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His drawings are part of the permanent collection of contemporary art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles. Hunt was awarded a residency at Yaddo for the month of October, 2017.


You Tell me is on view through October 14th, 2018. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 – 5:30pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. To request images; please contact the gallery at