In 1991, conceptual artist Eugenia P. Butler began a conversation about truth and lies within the intimate and very human setting of her dining room. Gathered together at her table on three different occasions, she asked her friends—all of whom were artists in their own respect—the questions: What is the lie with which you are most complicit? What is the truth that most feeds your life? The artists discussed for the evening, and then dispersed to create individual artworks in response.
Seventy-six artists, including Butler and her daughter, Corazon del Sol, produced works which were compiled into handmade portfolios, or artists' books, in three volumes between 1996 and 2004. To create the books, each artist had to produce eighty versions of each piece, regardless of its complexity or materials. The project grew into a work of art in its own right, now presented as a traveling exhibition.
As an exhibition, each contribution is framed as an individual piece of a collective whole. Below, are photographs of the original installation at the 18th Street Art Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, in 2007, just one year before Butler's untimely death cut the project short (there were plans for a fourth volume).
Artist and musician Richard Haxton contributed a visual artwork to Volume III, with two CDs enclosed on the back. Entitled "Mini Vacation at the Last Resort" and "Sound Contributors," with 22-second works by each artist in Volume III, these audio CDs are included at sound stations within the exhibition.
Below are images and videos collected in the process of researching for the exhibition: