June 2 – August 12, 2017
Opening Reception: June 1, 2017 5:00-8:00 PM
Hedreen Gallery 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA
AND NOT OR brings new perspectives and layers of interpretation to existing collections of art and printed matter, and highlights the productive frictions that arise from contextual shifts.
Like the Boolean operators referenced in the title, which are used to connect terms and expand the scope of a search, the exhibition links and transposes two different spaces on the Seattle University campus: Hedreen Gallery and Lemieux Library, where much of the university’s art collection resides alongside thousands of books. Six Seattle-based artists—Ryan Feddersen, Wynne Greenwood, Margie Livingston, Shaw Osha, Rob Rhee, and Joe Rudko—were invited to select artworks in Lemieux Library tobe removed to Hedreen Gallery, and to replace them with works of their own making. The artists’ works respond to themes found within their chosen collection object, its site, or more generally to the library as a site of information sharing and knowledge production. With these new insertions, the library becomes, for some, an unusual site of pilgrimage for aesthetic contemplation, while remaining for routine users a place of unexpected discovery—perhaps now amplified by subtle changes in the familiar scenery.