Consider the exquisite line from “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, the one lurking at the bottom of the above photograph from the "Storied Alaska" exhibit opening at the MTS Gallery (3142 Mountain View, 274-0156) this weekend.
Tired myths about the north often lack imagination, too, even the ones that drive people into the wild, out to sea and to their savings accounts to come to Alaska on a cruise ship for a week.
(Myth can drive our beliefs, convictions and delusions so that sourdoughs rant about rugged individualism even as government drives much of the state’s economy. And visitors get teary-eyed over landscape even as their cruise ships dump waste in the “majestic” seas.)
The upcoming show at the MTS Gallery takes a fresh look at myth by interpreting old ones and shaping new ones through photographs by Michael Conti and paintings by Michael Walsh.
The show opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 21, and continues until November 15. If you can't make it Friday, stop by from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.