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Dave Kennedy

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Bridge Productions Georgetown
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 1 2016


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Sometimes what an artist wants is so simple. It might be put this way, as a request to anyone viewing their work: If you don't know what it is, don't stop looking. We can talk about the fact that Seattle-based, Tacoma-born artist Dave Kennedy takes his mixed-race identity—and the question he regularly gets, "What are you?"—as the driving force behind his new show at Bridge Productions, Anamorphosis, but the work doesn't need to be reduced to any single topic. The pictures are about looking into something, not just at it. We should all, this election season, go into Bridge and look, look, and look at Anamorphosis, follow its lead, do what the artist is asking. For several years, Kennedy has used photography, that medium that triggers our desire for visual fidelity, only to tease us. He's staged pictures of döppelgangers that demonstrate the unreliabilty of appearances—in one, the same person in the picture is under anesthetic on the operating table, and wearing the scrubs and mask and ready to cut, both patient and doctor. In big pictures of viscerally sliced-open fruit, he's emphasized a tension between the surface and interior of bodies. In his new series, he has taken hundreds of photographs of places and things seen as throwaways: wood scraps, rusty clips, alleyways strewn with tarps. Using color copies of those many views, he's tiled together composite images of those same places and things, or composite sculptures. Copies are convincing. Sometimes the actual objects are mixed in with the pictures of them, or the sculptures of them made of photographs of them. Anamorphosis, or the distortion of an image so it's only clear when looked at from a certain angle, has been a tool used by artists for centuries. What it does is disrupts the completely universal human desire to foreclose on a single meaning or interpretation in order to make sense of the world. Are you ever worried you'll say or do the wrong thing based on a first impression? Me too. The way Kennedy uses photography and reproduction, we can practice safely, again, remembering the crucial gap between looking and knowing that is so, so easy to forget. JEN GRAVES

Bridge Productions

6007 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Hours: Thurs-Sat: 2-7 pm

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  • Thurs-Sat: 2-7 pm
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This event is in the past.
  • Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 1 2016