Whimsical. Imaginative. Colorful.
Words used to describe the pieces in the City of Seattle’s newest art show exhibition, OUTstanding, which features the work of artists who identify with the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning) community.
This show highlights 22 artworks by 16 artists and provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and encourage dialogue that reinforces support for diversity.
Visitors will notice many contrasting techniques used by artists in the show. At the exhibit, consider the photographs titled Immuno-Environmental Corollary Part II from 1993 by Dan Corson, which visually consists of coils of neon wrapped around dancing men in a darkened backdrop.
“The figures appear to float magically within an outdoor environment,” said Deborah Paine, city curator and collections manager. “Balance that against the hard-edged shapes of Robert Yoder's Hickory from 2002, a black and white abstract painting inspired by overhead views, city designs and maps in architectural drawings."
Paine selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection. "The city's collection is quite diverse in its holdings and this small sampling is no different,” she said.
OUTstanding will be on display at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery Oct. 2 through Jan. 4. The city and SEqual (Seattle's LGBTQ employees for Equality) will host a reception Oct. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Seattle Municipal Tower.