Local is the New Conceptual
I’m looking forward to tonight’s panel discussion Local is the New Conceptual: Seattle Art in the Public Sphere, which will take place at 7 p.m. at Greg Kucera as part of the current group exhibition I. D.: Individual Demographics. The discussion will be moderated by Jen Graves and will involve panelists Ken Allen, Stephen Lyons and Dann Webb.
The panel discussion felt like a painfully limited and self-satisfied conversation, and it made me feel weird about the Seattle art world at the gallery level. I wrote: “It felt like a small-town meeting, with everybody congratulating everybody else on the installation of a new four-way stop.”
Gallerist Greg Kucera challenged Jen to put her money where her mouth is, and she has. Her panel discussion will focus on the slippery concept of Northwest Regionalism.
The title is “‘Local Is the New Conceptual'”—something Webb said once (in a podcast here) about the periodic obsession with regionalism. We’ll be talking about how hard it is to talk about the identity of a city’s art scene, and then we’ll also be talking about the identity of this city’s art scene: How can it be described? What is lacking? In a pre-panel conversation the other day, we really got into it. Our only concern is that we could talk about this for hours.
This is a topic I’ve also given some thought to, and I am interested in seeing how the conversation unfolds. See you there!