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Jeremy Mangan, Pacific Northwest Desert Island

Jeremy Mangan, Pacific Northwest Desert Island (2016), oil and acrylic on canvas [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, May 14-Sep 4] Image courtesy of the artist

NW Art Now @ TAM:
Social Reflections Within Contemporary Art

Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma WA – May 14-Sep 4, 2016

Karen Hackenberg, Holy Water

Karen Hackenberg, Holy Water (2016), oil on canvas [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, May 14-Sep 4] Courtesy of the artist Photo: Darryl Schmidt

After all the explicit political harangues in his recent Art AIDS America show, chief curator Rock Hushka recruited Miami curator Juan Roselione-Valadez to help ferret out any “subversive” suspects in Northwest art. Environmental concerns outweigh hard-core political art among most of the 24 artists selected from as far away as Boise, Idaho and Walla Walla, Washington.

After years of being in a cultural wasteland for the visual artists living there, five Tacoma artists caught the jurors’ attention, including Jeremy Mangan whose Pacific Northwest Desert Island is a hilarious comment on diminishing wildlife areas. Neon installations join quilts, paintings, photographs and prints along with mixed-media assemblages that deal with everything from Highway 705 traffic problems filmed from the museum’s rooftop to gender and ethnic identity. The challenge of these artists is to transmute personal expression into social and political art that will not become tiresomely scolding or dated. Artists are caught between dealing with local issues (“All politics is local,” as Tip O’Neill said) and aiming for more widely referential or transcendent content in their art, as Hushka and his co-curator have uncovered some unexpected treasures.

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Matthew Kangas

Lilly Martina Lee, Jimmy "Bam Bam" Rodriguez, Pasco, Washington (Escape from community custody)

Lilly Martina Lee, Jimmy "Bam Bam" Rodriguez, Pasco, Washington (Escape from community custody) (2012), Dodge Caravan hood, applied, carved, inlaid, and stenciled body filler, resin colorants, polyester resin, primer, cut vinyl, chrome emblem [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, May 14-Sep 4] Image courtesy of the artist

Rodrigo Valenzuela, Goal Keeper #1

Rodrigo Valenzuela, Goal Keeper #1 (2014), Chromogenic print [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, May 14-Sep 4] Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom in honor of Bryan Ohno, 2014, Image courtesy of the artist

Dylan Neuwirth, Just Be Your Selfie

Dylan Neuwirth, Just Be Your Selfie (2014) (recreated 2015), neon, argon, glass, nickel, acrylic, GTO, aluminum, and two transformers, aluminum supports [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, May 14-Sep 4] Courtesy of the artist Photo:Nathaniel Willson © 2014


 Thu, Aug 11, 2016