Frye Art Museum First Hill
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 26 2015
Recommended by Charles Mudede
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s first solo museum exhibition and large-scale presentation of work in Seattle features two works created especially for the exhibition. One is a large-scale architectural installation called Hedonic Reversal and the other is a three-channel video projection called El Sisifo. I walked through Hedonic Reversal and absorbed its beautifully stark images, alien graffiti, and surrounding scaffolds. It eventually occurred to me that it represents a site of destruction and construction. Something has been torn down—a tower or perhaps a whole city—and something new is being built. All that’s missing are the tracks of boots and heavy-duty vehicles.