Seattle Times Review of “The Talent Show”

For those you haven’t come to visit “The Talent Show,” read this review of the exhibition in The Seattle Times for a good low-down. For those you have already seen it, good for you – but this review is still a worthy read.

“The Talent Show” draws heavily on found objects in its mix of images and sculptures, including the “found behavior” of people who, on video or in photographs, come under the camera’s scrutiny. Sometimes they’re aware there’s a lens pointing at them; sometimes they’re not. In several instances, they’re collaborating directly with the artist. In others, they’re deliberately sequestered from the person behind the project. Those considerations, more than any particular fine-arts aesthetic, are the operative factors in “The Talent Show.”

Curator Peter Eleey connects these works with the recent rise in TV reality shows and talent contests and social media. They’re linked, as he sees it, by what they reveal about “the competing desires for notoriety and privacy that mark our present cultural moment.”And here’s some great upcoming events and opportunities to come see “The Talent Show” for yourself:

 The Emancipated Spectator:
Broadcast Yourself, part 1 (Video and TV),
July 21, 2011  RSVP Online!
Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a series of casual discussions focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show. Using the exhibition as a point of departure, the group will meet each month to discuss selected readings and films that deal with the complex relationships between participation, exhibitionism, and voyeurism in contemporary art and media culture.
We Live in Public
August 5, 2011


This program will feature a special introduction from King of the Web CEO and online marketing pioneer, Maggie Boyer-Finch.

Surveillance Cinema: James Coupe
August 11, 2011  (YES WE CHANGED THE DATE)
Join artist James Coupe for a screening and discussion of the artist’s recent work with ‘surveillance cinema’ in (re)collector,Surveillance Suite, and the web-based work Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days.


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The Emancipated Spectator:
Broadcast Yourself, part 2 (Art, Entertainment and Reality),
August 25 2011   RSVP Online!
Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for a series of casual discussions focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show.


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