Images of Dissent

The March/April 2017 show will feature powerful photographs documenting movements, political protests, and community actions. The three sets of photographs in the show are very different from each other, but all bear witness to the power of the people to rise up against unjust authority and oppression.

Artists and Curators:

Revolution UkraineEsse Quam Videri of Typonexus brought together a collection of images captured by six different photographers during the Ukrainian uprising of 2014, also known as the Euromaidan Revolution (Революція гідностіRevoliutsiia hidnosti). Each of the images in the collection shows an intimate proximity to intense conflict during a significant period of history in the Ukraine.

Naomi IshisakaNaomi Ishisaka has been documenting the powerful imagery of Black Lives Matter protests in the greater Puget Sound region over the past several years. Each of her photographs is striking individually, and together they form a well-documented overview of movement and momentum in the streets.

Alex GarlandLast year Alex Garland spent three days at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, documenting the protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their tribal lands.

NOTE: 20% of the gross income from this show will go directly to the ACLU of Washington.

A Day With(out) Art

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On December 1, 2016, as part of the yearly nationwide “a Day With(out) Art” the gallery will screen COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, an hour-long presentation curated by Visual AIDS. COMPULSIVE PRACTICE will be looped continuously in the Gallery from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

Day Without Art launched on December 1, 1989 as “a day of action and mourning” in which thousands of arts institutions and organizations around the world unified together to demonstrate the power of art to raise awareness of the ongoing AIDS pandemic. In 1998, for its 10th anniversary, Day Without Art became Day With(out) Art. Visual AIDS added the parentheses to highlight the ongoing inclusion of art projects focused on the AIDS pandemic, and to encourage programming of artists living with HIV.

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For the 2016 Day With(out) Art, December 1, 2016, Visual AIDS presents COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras and have been deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. This hour-long video program has been distributed internationally to museums, art institutions, schools and AIDS service organizations.

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From video diaries to civil disobedience, holiday specials and backstage antics, Betamax to YouTube, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE displays a diversity of artistic approaches, experiences, and expectations. The compulsive video practices of these artists serve many purposes—cure, treatment, outlet, lament, documentation, communication—and have many tones—obsessive, driven, poetic, neurotic, celebratory. COMPULSIVE PRACTICE will demonstrate the place of technology, self-expression, critique, and community in the many decades and the many experiences of artists and activists living with AIDS.

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COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan. Participating video makers and artists include James Wentzy, Nelson Sullivan (1948-1989), Ray Navarro (1964-1990), Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S. King, Justin B. Terry-Smith, and the Southern AIDS Living Quilt.

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

More information is available on the Visual AIDs website.

Darius X: A Boy Named Soo

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October’s show is a remounting of Darius X’s “A Boy Named Soo,” which was presented for the first time at Gallery 4Culture last February. This group of linoleum block prints created over a 12-year period represents an extensive exploration of the various intersecting elements of the artist’s personal identity: trans-racial Korean adoptee, trans* man, Queer Person of Color, Asian-American, resident of the Pacific Northwest.

Artist Bio: Darius X fell in love with the craft of linoleum block printing when he took an art class at his Tacoma, WA high school. He finds inspiration from traditional Japanese woodblock artists, modern pop artists as well as his natural surroundings and communities in the Pacific Northwest. His artwork has been featured on the cover on the Adoptee activist anthology “Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists” by the Vance Twins. He has shown work throughout the Pacific northwest and in S. Korea. He has been a teaching artist at the Wing Luke Asian American Museum. He was a member of IDEA Odyssey Art Gallery, a visual arts collective promoting cultural diversity, community and economic development in the International District. In 2003, he co-founded the Queer People of Color Liberation Project (QPOC LP) and created a mixed media performance series that focused on racial and gender oppression. He has studied at School of Visual Concepts, Seattle Central Community College and University of Washington.

The show will be up for the entire month of October. Join us for the artist reception on October 6th, during the B-Town Beat Art & Music Walk.