Ries Niemi

The local artist works on both a large and small scale in That's Not How I Remember It. At the center of the gallery, large enough to walk under (well, stoop) is a giant dress made from the iconic big blue tarp fabric used to cover so many roofs here in the rainy Northwest. Niemi says the sculpture is a tribute to Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum, a misreading of an episode where a child hides beneath a woman's skirts. On the walls are textual appropriations of a different nature: Niemi has borrowed various literary scarps and slogans, then stitched them onto small sheets of paper. The sources aren't divulged, and some of the Barbara Kruger-style aphorisms are evidently Niemi's own. It's a show that, in its entirety, you wish could run a little longer. An appropriate venue would be the library, where kids would be delighted to read at the small table sheltered by the big blue dress. BRIAN MILLER

Thu., April 7, 5-7 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: April 7. Continues through April 30, 2011

 
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