To round out our posts on February 7th's Pioneer Square Art Walk, tomorrow Seattle-based artist Dori Hana Scherer will be debuting her show Never Eat Shredded Wheat at Glass Box Gallery. Scherer is a Capitol Hill native, leaving us for a few years for our shiny sister city of the south, Los Angeles, where she worked in the art department for films like Palo Alto and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (which I loved by the way). Now that Scherer finds herself back in the Emerald City, working on her low-residency MFA from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, her art has gone in a much more conceptual and text-based direction.

I got an early sneak peek at the work for this show a couple of weeks ago and Scherer is very much drawing from the aesthetics of early conceptual art and 1980s feminist art (think Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger), concrete poetry, and Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy of language. This sounds daunting, I know, but I think the way Scherer is approaching the text in her work is very interesting and different from things that I've seen in the past couple of months. It treats the text as the thing itself, making you encounter it in a way that isn't just understanding what it says but also represents. She's thinking a lot about how we interact and use language in our everyday hyper-connected lives.

The title of her show, Never Eat Shredded Wheat, is the mnemonic device to remember all the cardinal directions—bringing to mind the utilitarian function of language, to remember. This also feeds into Wittgenstein's idea that language can be understood as a series of games. Even her press release, which I'll link below, plays around with language in a way that evokes emotion, confusion, and appropriation. There's a lot going on here that I think is worthy of discussion and thought and is something I'm super excited to see.

Glass Box Gallery will be open tomorrow, February 7th from 7-10pm. Hopefully I'll see you all there.