July 20, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 announces “3 Second Stories,” an exhibition of work by flipbook artist Tom Olson, will open on Thursday, July 27. The show will include video and print presentations of Olson’s flipbooks, as well as a display of the original pieces. This display will be the third of three exhibitions guest-curated by Corwin Levi this summer at MCLA Gallery 51.
The public is invited to a free opening reception to be held on Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the 51 Main St. gallery. “3 Second Stories” will be on view through Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Olson weaves tales of love, loss, and other investigations into the human psyche and the absurd by drawing hundreds of pages to create his three-second flipbook stories. Now a Washington, D.C., attorney, he began to make flipbooks decades ago, before he launched his law firm.
“We’re excited to work with Corwin Levi on “3 Second Stories,” and bring the work of artist Tom Olson to North Adams for its first public viewing,” said Michelle Daly, director of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).
Olson’s stories include “The Beast and the Lightning Bolt,” “How the Sun Becomes the Moon,” and “What Maps Do When Nobody’s Looking.” One flipbook examines the struggles of a Hegelian and a neo-Platonist facing the same intractable dilemma; while another series follows the adventures of little circle seamlessly morphing between an orange, the planet Saturn, and other objects.

Exhibition curator Corwin Levi is a mixed media, project-based curator and artist whose practice centers on transforming ideas into experiences. He has curated and exhibited across the country and been awarded fellowships and artist residencies both here and internationally.
Levi enjoys including participants in his work, and has collaborated with other artists, the general public, and students of all ages. He is publishing the book “Mirror Mirrored: An Artists' Edition of 25 Grimms’ Tales,” which includes artists such as Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, DJ Spooky and Amy Cutler. He has a BA from Rice University, an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, and a JD from the University of Virginia.
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