Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mw [Moment Magnitude] / Frye Art Museum

I'm just in love with The Frye's current show, Mw [Moment Magnitude], a semi-survey of what's happening in Seattle artistically at this exact moment. Broader than most museum shows, this exhibition includes musicians, writers, and dancers along with visual artists. For the next few months, they'll be hosting a series of related events.

Leo Saul Berk, Clinkers, 2012, collection of the artist
Duratrans sculptural light box, 78" x 65" x 5"

I had to miss the first event, a talk with Leo Berk about his childhood home and its subsequent inspiration. As he told me back in a 2009 interview, "Bruce Goff’s Ruth Ford house is more sculpture than dwelling. Growing up in that house has been the single most influential experience shaping my aesthetic and conceptual concerns. "

Perfume Genius and Winston H. Case. Still image from Hood
Single-channel color video with sound.
Courtesy of Matador Records and Turnstile

This Saturday evening, if you got your tickets in time, you'll get to see one of my favorite musicians perform live in a museum. Put Your Back N 2 It by Perfume Genius is one of my favorite albums of the year and it will be a real thrill to see Mike in such an intimate setting as the Frye. 

The Black Constellation (Shabazz Palaces, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes).
Still image from Recollections of the Wraith (Sparkles), 2012.
Single-channel color video with sound. Courtesy of the artists.

Another amazing inclusion is The Black Constellation (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes) room with 2 videos and 2 objects, including a beautiful headdress of composited bone and enamel. After every visit to this exhibition, I find myself singing, "Clear some space out so we can space out." for the rest of the day. 

Matt Browning, Landscape #5, 2011, courtesy of the artist
Tree sap on handmade wood panel, 13" x 11" x 75".
photo by Jason Hirata

One of my favorite things about this exhibition is its presentation. Artists like Matt Browning (and his gorgeous pitch paintings) are in the same room as veteran artists like Buster Simpson. Same with Jeffry Mitchell and The Black Constellation. It connects our Seattle's history to what's happening at this moment. 

Jeffry Mitchell's installations, photo by Stuart Westmorland

I think Jeffy Mitchell's recreation of an old latex piece is sublime. When pressed for meaning, he said that it's about skin and how it begins to sag. If you're in town this Friday, Jeffy's show Like a Valentine opens up at the Henry Art Gallery. Don't miss it--it's going to be an extremely dense exhibition going all the way back to some of his earliest works. 

Amanda's written about the show here, and Jen wrote about my favorite piece, Anne Fenton's cover of Iggy Pop's Success, here.

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