Level 3 Concourse
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Groundswell: Observing Landscapes
July 2 — Oct. 1
This exhibition features contemporary landscapes from the city's collection. Paintings, prints, photography and drawings will be on view, including the 62" x 92" oil on canvas painting by Max Benjamin titled XXXIX from 1979. This abstracted landscape envelops the viewer with its lush paint and provocative shapes. Mandy Greer imbeds herself and her crocheted attire in a bleak Icelandic landscape, then mirrors the image into an interesting Rorschach-like scheme in the photograph called Glacial Windwitch from 2012. A fine variety of representational and referential landscapes will delight any audience.
Oct. 8, 2014—Jan. 2, 2015
Myth-making is simply the telling of a tale or making up stories, often of how something came to be and humanity has created these myths during every age. Visual artists, in an attempt to make their own myths, create visual sagas with color and image instead of words. For instance, the carved wooden mask with hair by David Boxley titled Shim-O-Git''m-Gi Bao, Wolf Chief from 1984 is an example of how wolves figure prominently in the mythology of Native American tribes. The wolf is associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting. As part of the Northwest Coast tribes, such as Boxley's Tsimshian tribe, stories tell of their first ancestors being transformed from wolves into men, hence the Wolf Chief.
We all carry myths with us. We create them ceaselessly—from historic concepts of cosmic life forms to last week's urban legends. Ideologies become myths, we bust myths, we refute them, we dissect and gather them, and here we view them through the lens of the artist.