Urban legends serve as modern day mythology. Often evolved from cultural traditions
and morality tales, these stories engage our collective fears and provoke strong emotional
responses. Such legends survive through storytelling that is often communicated using a
mix of words and imagery. The narrative can intensify the impact of the legend. The
more fantastic the tale, the more likely it will be passed down through generations. More
recently, the Internet has encouraged the rapid dissemination of these modern legends,
many of which can be traced back to the original folklore that inspired them.
The works of the thirty-seven artists included in this exhibition are based on specific urban legends. Each work is accompanied by text explaining the artist's personal connection to a chosen urban legend. The purpose of this exhibition is not to illustrate urban legends, but to better understand them by considering them in the context of each artist's interpretation.