Best of Seattle: Gallery Show (Visitor)

The Brooklyn duo of Stephen Nguyen and Wade Kavanaugh filled the Suyama Space atrium with 900 pounds of black craft paper last summer. After much twisting and heaping the paper into a knotty, undulating mass of strands, their installation Drawn From the Olympics alluded to the rainforest of our Olympic Peninsula, whence paper products are still extracted from wood pulp. Most of those mills are now closed, and logging there is greatly diminished. Yet Nguyen and Kavanaugh’s gnarled strands—suggesting unearthed tree roots, perhaps blackened after a fire—reached to the rafters and crept across the floors like charred tentacles. There was, in this processed, organic pulp, an eerie implication of life after death.

 
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