Intersections are points in time or space where multiple things are joining together, and for the next few weeks, the Viking Union Gallery is the focus point for multiple intersections.
The new exhibit, “Intersections: Interpretations and Reflections of Queer Artists,” definitely uses the idea of intersections repeatedly in exploring the ideas behind gender and sexuality.
I will refrain from going into too much detail because half the fun and experience of this show is the mystery and surprise going in.
This exhibit displays the works of several artists, including Adrain Chesser, Timothy White Eagle, Therese Buchmiller, Steven Miller, Paul D. McKee, Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour.
Each bring their own definitions and interpretations of what it is to be a “queer artist.”
This show is filled with quite the variety of pieces that will evoke a lot of thoughts and emotions.
Some common themes I noticed included chaos, ambiguity, the wilderness, untamed nature and the relationship of acceptance and rejection – and that’s just on the first viewing.
As you first walk in, you’ll immediately see the brightly-colored collection of odd items. The items are mainly shades of red, and include some quirky items: a pill dispenser, cookie cutter, molds for a doll, a toy jellyfish, cards, vinyl letters, and a horse brush.
This piece, “Radiant Flux (Selves Combining),” was created by Seattle artist Therese Buchmiller. This wall definitely has the energy that draws you in with its organized chaos.
Once you’ve been lured in by Buchmiller’s wall of colors, that’s when this show surprises you. Immediately on your right are four photos by Adrain Chesser and Timothy White Eagle. This series seems to focus on people involved with rituals, hunting and the wilderness.
Opposite to this wall (left of Buchmiller’s wall) is another of wilderness-themed pictures by Steven Miller. While the subjects are still in the wilderness, Miller’s series seems to focus more on acceptance and rejection, as well as the idea of marriage.
At this point, right behind you is an out-of-place corner of a house or cabin, created by Paul D. McKee. This cabin holds many metaphors, including the breakdown of structure, hunting and the definition of being a “manly-man.”
Continuing on this counter-clockwise route through the exhibit, is the corner full of artwork by Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour. The first section is called “Faces.” and the last part, the ramp back to the gallery entrance, is titled “Ghost-written.”
“Faces” is a series of cut-out photos of faces pinned to the wall in odd shapes. The pinning and grouping of the photos suggests classifying and analyzing, as in the topic of the theme.
The final hallway is full of old photos that have been silk-screened with translucent, floral images, hence the name “Ghost-written.” The collaborative team of Amundson and Gour also manipulated the images in their own way, but you’ll have to visit the gallery to find out how.
“Intersections” will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Thursday, May 3. That evening, a closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.