Visual Art

Art After-Hours: Where to Go this First Thursday

Museums are free, galleries stay open late. So…many…choices…

By Seattle Met Staff August 4, 2011

Image courtesy Foster/White.

Cara Barer, Explorer, Ed. 2/9, 2011, archival inkjet on rag paper, 36.5 × 36.5 in.

Junk mail finds new life in Overload, the latest exhibit by Houston-based artist Cara Barer at Foster/White Gallery. She transforms a surfeit of print media—the Yellow Pages, discarded maps, daily newspapers—into sculpture by manipulating the pages with curling irons, water, and clothes pins, then photographs the unexpected undulations and rosettes. The images are both striking and disconcerting, like we’re looking at a wasteland of abandoned knowledge.

“Sculpting segued to thoughts on obsolescence and the relevance of libraries in this century,” Barer writes. “The way we choose to research and find information is in an evolution. I hope to raise questions about these changes, the ephemeral and fragile nature in which we now obtain knowledge and the future of books.”

Overload opens August 4 with a reception from 6-9. The exhibit runs through Aug 27 at Foster/White.

Also of note:
Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of the Takano Studio Don’t miss the latest exhibit at Wing Luke: a collection of photographs from Takano Studio, a Japanese American photo studio founded in 1910 in Seattle’s Japantown. Many of the photos reflect personal stories—weddings and family reunions—and the history of Seattle’s Japanese American community, especially during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Thru Feb 2012.

It’s your last chance to see Mad Homes on Capitol Hill. The exhibit closes August 7.

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