Everyday Poetics

Now through 6/17/2018 | Seattle Art Museum

Museums Downtown

A new exhibition featuring 14 contemporary artists from Latin America, including Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru, whose work transforms everyday materials into poetic sculptures. The artists on view all use humble materials for their assemblages, sculptures, and installations—including dust cloths, measuring sticks, soda cans, cleaning mops, cardboard packaging, and scratch marks of lottery tickets—and repurpose them to poignant effect. In many of these works, marked by a spirit of improvisation and fragility, it is the broken or discarded leftovers that form the starting point. Through clever alterations and suggestive titles, the artists offer evocative commentaries on history, society, the environment, labor, and human nature. Everyday Poetics reveals the aesthetic and narrative possibilities of the objects of daily life that typically go unnoticed.


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