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"Emotional Rescue: The ContemporaryArtProject Collection"
2000-09-28 until 2000-10-02
Center on Contemporary Art
In keeping with its mission of providing Seattle audiences with the opportunity to view contemporary art by national and
international artists, CoCA is proud to host the first exhibition of the ContemporaryArtProject: Emotional Rescue. This exhibition
features the work of Cecily Brown, Will Cotton, Karin Davie, Kim Dingle, Susan DeBeer, Anna Gaskell, Zhuang Huan Inka
Essenhigh, Kristin Calabrese Brad Kahlhamer, Deborah Mesa-Pelly, and Lisa Yuskavage.
ContemporaryArtProject LLC, founded in August 1999 by curator Linda Farris, collects cutting edge international art toeventually be gifted to museums. In the interim, individual works rotate between members' homes and are available for museum loan.
The artists have emerged to international critical attention, especially in the past two years. Many have also leapfrogged into the
mainstream cultural press in magazines like New York, Interview, New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. This
exhibition represents their premier not only in the Northwest but in many instances on the West Coast. Meanwhile, many have
shown internationally. Although all the artists now reside in the US, many were born elsewhere. Cecily Brown-London, Karin
Davie-Canada, Zhang Huan-China, Deborah Mesa-Pelly-Cuba, Ghada Amer-Cairo.
The artworks, which include painting, photography and video express a freewheeling emotional and often sexual energy,
compelling forces in today's art. These powerful, personal statements are in your face, exuberant and edgy, the treatment
luscious, even gorgeous. The figure dominates, by suggestion or depiction, and dramatizes complex personal explorations of
cultural, personal and sexual identity.
The painters turn their passion for an ageless medium to startling, new subject matter and effect. The photographers bring a
sensual love of surface and color to their already powerful psychodramas. The proportion of female to male artists is not
coincidental; women have turned the spotlight on our culture and unleashed an unprecedented number of major talents.