X Y Z Pioneer Square
June 7–30, 2018, Thursdays–Sundays
Recommended by Katie Kurtz
“We are not lost” are some of only a handful of words in New York–based animator and illustrator Evan Cohen’s book Visions. The story features a central male figure who multiplies and contracts throughout the pages, wordlessly telling a tale of togetherness and belonging. The simple blue and pink palette with occasional shots of yellow make for a serene telling of “a brief glimpse into a world guided by trust,” as the artist told me. The show features risograph prints (risograph is a Japanese high-quality digital photocopy and printing machine) of the book released by Cold Cube Press and a monitor showing Cohen’s animations. Cohen’s work is complemented by prints from Portland-based illustrator and ceramic artist Lindsay Watson’s Year of the Nightmare. The sentence, "She is quarrelsome critical violent" accompanies an image of the central nude female figure holding a replica of her own head in her hands. “She” is the nightmare itself and appears to be exploring the hellscape that is America in 2018.
300 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104