Summer Introductions

Tucked in the corner of this group show, which features eight local artists, is an unsettling miniature diorama. Made of matchsticks, Jason Larsen’s Model Home is like a 1/64-scale replica of one a Sammamish Plateau McMansion—similar to the sort of model a builder might present to bankers, or prospective homebuyers, before the first tree is felled or the site cleared for construction. It’s an idealized representation of exurban bliss, but also a damaged one. Soot stains and traces of fire hint at some sort of guerilla action, perhaps arson by the Earth Liberation Front or some such group. Or possibly the materials have spontaneously combusted in protest against their wasteful deployment. A tiny plastic figure inspects the charred scene. Does he live in the little cabin nearby? Is he the arsonist, with a red gas can at his feet? The scene offers few clues as to whether he’s another Ted Kaczynski, trying to halt progress, or a builder wondering where to put up his next tract home. Also on view, new work by Gala Bent, Mary Margaret Briggs, Andrée B. Carter, Garek J. Druss, Grant Hottle, Andrea Schwartz-Feit, and Liz Tran. BRIAN MILLER

Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: July 16. Continues through Aug. 14, 2009

 
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