Friday, October 8, 2010

Implied Violence & Séance / The Frye

Implied Violence. Trina: Triple Trinity Divine, 2010.
Art Direction: Ryan Mitchell and Steven Miller.
Photo: Steven Miller.

Tomorrow, Implied Violence will stage a 6 hour performance in the Frye's reflecting pool. The Dorothy K: For Better, For Worse, and Forever will be IV's first performance in Seattle in over 2 years. The piece is meant to be viewed over an extended period of time and will have several different vantage points (cafe, museum, rotunda, sidewalk). The exhibit is set up for folks both familiar and unfamiliar with IV's work. During the course of the day, hundreds of arrows will be shot into a block of wax, at the end it will be ceremoniously escorted inside to live as an object. I'm interested to see how the performance will relate to the exhibition, curated by Robin Held. For those going to Christian Rizzo, this would be the perfect pre-show performance.

Albert von Keller. Gisela von Wehner mit Tochter Ilka [Gisela von Wehner with Daughter Ilka], 1906. Oil on canvas. 19 11/16 x 28 3/4 in. Kunsthaus Zürich, gift from the estate of Dr. Oskar A. Müller. ©2010 Kunsthaus Zürich. All rights reserved.

The IV show is paired perfectly with Séance: Albert von Keller and the Occult, curated by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and Gian Casper Bott.
"The Frye Art Museum’s exhibition showcases Keller’s enigmatic subjects—corpses, séances, dancers in trancelike states, martyred saints, and burning witches—to reveal a potent combination of religious fervor, mysticism, and sensuality. It presents key paintings by Keller from the Kunsthaus Zürich, whose collection was recently enriched by the remarkable gift of more than three hundred paintings by Albert von Keller from the estate of Swiss chemist Oskar A. Müller (1899–1994)."

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