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What You See Is What You Sweat


Good Arts Building Pioneer Square
Thu., Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 5-6, 1-8 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27 2016


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The title of this group exhibition, What You See Is What You Sweat, is taken from a 1991 Aretha Franklin album of the same name, and the show is about appropriation—about noticing where stories and objects come from, and about figuring out how to care for them rather than to rattle them around and break them. That sounds abstract, but that's just my clumsy words—the show is visceral. There's a large Zorn B. Taylor photograph of a woman naked from the waist up fanning herself with a magazine that happened to be on the table in front of her when the shoot was taking place. Neither Taylor nor the model expected what would happen, but what happened is that she juxtaposed herself with the magazine model in a way that complicates all of our ways of talking about race, pride, beauty, fat, and vulnerability in a "progressive" city. Next to her, three portraits of the same man by Taylor point in her direction. Juventino Aranda's video of lawn care is a double portrait of manual labor that reveals the position of the "hired help" to be both tender and toxic. Micha Cárdenas documents a trip out to the wilderness in which she tests garments she designed to be bulletproof, as a contribution to the Black Lives Matter movement, by donning goggles and shooting at them as the sun sets. How can marginalized bodies actually be protected? C. Davida Ingram, Nicholas Galanin, Romson Bustillo, Alex Anderson, Nicholas Galanin, Satpreet Kahlon, Mark Mitchell, Darius Morrison, Jeffrey Veregge, Paul Rucker, and Viradeth Xay-Ananh are the rest of the artists in the lineup, with works ranging from acerbically funny paintings to masterfully meticulous prints and textiles. This show is presented by the Center on Contemporary Art, in a weird little three-story historical Pioneer Square space, so don't expect a white cube. (Don't miss the bathroom, which has blenders for sconces.) Each story has a, well, story. You'll see. JEN GRAVES

Good Arts Building

110 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104
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This event is in the past.
  • Thu., Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 5-6, 1-8 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27 2016