“Metafiction” is form of writing in which the reader is made aware - either through the text or the character’s actions and interactions - that the text itself is the product of imagination. Lemony Snicket, the “narrator” in Daniel Handler’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” who comments on how the story develops or advances, exemplifies metafiction. Through this literary device, the author, and the audience by extension, questions the relationship of fiction and reality and requires readers to consider the nature of storytelling itself.
Review by Roula Seikaly
Metafictions reveals the breadth and depth of artist Jana Rumberger’s creative practice, as well as the layers of philosophical and critical theory that inform her work. Moreover, the installation of activates desire and notions of control; specifically, a viewer’s want to see all of what springs from the artist’s fecund mind, and Rumberger’s insistence in controlling which portions of her work are seen and in what arrangement. It’s not the easiest exhibition around which to wrap our minds, but when we do, the payoff is absolutely worth the effort.
1295 Alabama Street
San Francisco CA 94110
Exhibition dates | February 11 – March 25, 2017
Gallery hours | Tues - Sat 12 - 5pm