Seattle Art Museum Masks from Nigeria Afikpo Primarily from Mgbom village Most carved by Chukwu Okoro in the 1950s
Every party gathering is a dramatic play in which each participant puts on an alter-identity. This transformation is different from role playing, which involves socially stereotyped functional behaviors. The transformation is a uniquely creative presentation, expressing the private past, subconscious symbolisms and meanings anchored in deep sleep transitions, and personal needs and longings.
Inopportune: Stage One, 2004 Cars and sequenced multi-channel light tubes Cai Guo-Qiang Chinese, (works in America), born 1957 each car: 16’ x 6’
Gift of Robert M. Arnold, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006.
Guo-Qiang's sequence of cars tumbling through the gallery with radiating tubes of multi-colored light was intended to depict a car exploding. The automobile art object-event was inspired by 9/11 and hence depicts violence. On the other hand, it is possible to shift the context of violence, as I have done in this photograph, to see the cars in different ways. I had originally thought this photo showed the cars as objects of desire (to the wheel chair viewer), emitting the emotions of excitement their ownership and operation offer. A vehicular Chagall concept. Alternatively, we don't know why the wheel chair viewer is confined to a wheel chair. Perhaps the confinement is the result of an auto accident, in which case his initial impression of the exhibition is to evoke a painful memory.