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CoCA Presents a Slice of  Four Decades of Seattle’s Art History

Center on Contemporary Art Presents a Slice of Four Decades of Seattle’s Art History in the CoCA Digital Archives

SEATTLE January 16, 2018 – Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is delighted to introduce the CoCA Digital Archives (CDA), the public portal to the history of one of the Pacific Northwest’s longest-running and most colorful arts organizations. The CDA presents over 30 exhibitions curated from the CoCA Archives Project, the physical collection of materials spanning the organization’s four-decade history. Featured exhibits include James Turrell’s inaugural 1982 “Four Lights Installation,” the infamous 1990 Survival Research Laboratories performance, and the ground-breaking 2013 “Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe: Flameworking on the Brink of Legalization.”

Boxes of postcards, videotapes, documents and ephemera were rediscovered in 2013 when the Henry Art Gallery approached CoCA for information for Turrell’s retrospective. In 2015, with grant funding from

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Yenom Wen at Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)

Yenom Wen at Center on contemporary art, Seatlle WA

Yenom Wen explores consumerism and backward valuation systems coexisting in an atmosphere of economic disparities and mass homelessness

SEATTLE June 30, 2017 – On Thursday, August 3, 2017 C enter on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents Yenom Wen featuring work from the Pacific Northwest artist collective, New Mystics. As a body politic, the New Mystics is a collection of degenerates from diverse disciplines: sign painting, screen printing, graffiti, performance, photography, dance, jewelry-making, street art, fabrication, tattooing, music production, painting, DJ’s & MC’s, producers and experimental musicians.

Utilizing mirrors and cast-off clothing, the gallery space will force patrons to confront their material relationships. Acid-etched by the artists, mirrors reflect found clothing hung on the opposite wall. Seen through this perspective, the exhibition title, Yenom Wen, reads “New Money,” and reflects not only the seemingly-reversed morals of materialistic consumer culture, but also highlights the ease with which we are blind to problems

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Call for Entries: Columbia Winery Celebrates Northwest Artists

“Columbia Winery Celebrates Northwest Artists” is a collaboration created to bring awareness to contemporary artists in the PNW, support our regional community, and offer a unique, engaging program to shoppers and retailers. This Call for Entries seeks Washington and Oregon artists over 21 years of age who are interested in being a part of a special promotional campaign launching October 2015.

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