November 3 - 26, 2011
Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, November 3, 2011
“We’ll slide down the surface
– Bret Easton Ellis, Glamorama
The Conversation is a total installation composed of seven iconic works by Seattle artist Dylan Neuwirth. With a conceptual focus, Neuwirth has created a monumental neon piece, four large-scale digital prints mounted on Plexiglass and a minimal, multimedia self-portrait that are centered around a larger than life size, gold-mirrored blown-glass skull.
Sampling narrative from the title character’s monologue at his jester’s graveside in Act 5, Scene I of Hamlet to create an autobiographical account of finding oneself at the crossroads in the bottom of a bottle, Neuwirth’s exhibition is a hubristic postmodern meditation on enhanced personal excess. Collisions of reality, memoir and fantasy are reflected in the works’ decadent surfaces to construct a meta-narrative concerning a possible redemption by the power of personal transformation within the conflicts of the contemporary American landscape.
As a whole, the exhibition refracts collective questions of morality and value in a society of spectacle defined by violence, self-destruction, isolation, dread and doubt.
Born in 1977 in Athens, Dylan Neuwirth received his BFA in Sculpture from The University of Georgia. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat, or by appointment.
2011 Juried Exhibition
2011, Photograph by Nathaniel Willson
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