Marina Luz - Opening Friday July 8th at Park Life

June 25th, 2016

Park Life Gallery is proud to present, IF I DON’T FIND THIS BOOK I WILL DIE new paintings from Marina Luz.

Opening Reception Friday July 8, 2016 6-9pm
July 8 – Aug 14, 2016

Park Life Gallery
220 Clement st

When you are trying to find a favorite book from your childhood, or that novel you read for a class years ago and now wish you had kept, but you can’t remember any specific details, what do you do? Turn to the internet, of course.

IF I DON’T FIND THIS BOOK I WILL DIE examines the selective and often cruelly humorous nature of memory by taking, unaltered, the subject line of plot descriptions on internet book search forums. Marina Luz designs and paints book covers for these plaintive pleas for help in tracking down these half-remembered tomes.

The resulting descriptions used as titles are alternately poetic and amusing. With memory being such a fickle thing, it stands to reason that a book written by an author who had hoped to tackle themes of love, loss, mortality, and the very meaning of existence could be boiled down to Complicated Love Story, a world of fantasy is reduced with devastating efficiency to Narnia-esque or that a richly-written character novel on overcoming adversity is remembered only as Victorian Prostitute with Dry Skin.

Marina Luz is an Emmy Award-winning illustrator and artist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, VICE, ProPublica, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, among others. She runs her design studio HONEYLUX out of Oakland, CA. She found these descriptions while attempting her own search for a forgotten book, Iceberg Shows Up Overnight in Front of Hotel. If that sounds familiar, please let her know the title and author. Thank you.