- THIS IS HOW WIDE THE GALLERY IS It's a stairwell, y'all. The best damn stairwell in Seattle. Meet Tariqa Waters, owner and curator of Martyr Sauce, at 122 South Washington Street in Pioneer Square.
Tariqa Waters is the owner, curator, and painter-of-Andrew-Jackson. I just happened on Martyr Sauce walking by last night, during the grand opening. It was pretty grand. Most galleries aren't half this energetic right off the bat. Martyr Sauce advertises itself, right on the nutritional label, as 100 percent of your daily needed iron intake, and made of:
Ingredients: Piss, Distilled Vinegar (contains 2% or less of the following) Irreverence, High Fructose Cough Syrup, Non Hydrogenated Snake Oil, Street (and/or) Book Smarts, White Privilege, Black Rage, Natural Flavor, Artificial Color.
- Courtesy of the artist
- Elizabeth Lopez's painting Civil War (2011), is three feet by three feet. It ain't easy to see it during the opening in the stairwell, but make an appointment for any other time and you'll see it better.
The first show is paintings by Elizabeth Lopez. Waters found Lopez working at Seattle Art Museum. "That's where all the rogue artists work, at the cafeteria and gift shop at SAM," Waters says. Martyr Sauce's next opening is the first Thursday in January; scour the low-wage workers at local museums to guess who it might be.