Nostalgia for naught

Dori Hana Scherer

May 3rd - June 10th, 2018
 

Specialist presents Nostalgia for naught, a solo exhibition by Dori Hana Scherer. For her title
piece, or what she refers to as “the title track of my first record,” Scherer adapts Seattle’s Parks
and Recreation signage throughout the city into a memorabilia poster. While the parks
department is currently in the process of revamping their iconic ‘rainbow’ stripes, Nostalgia for
naught sets the tone for the show, recalling personal and vernacular imagery that has been lost
in a sea of plasticized fantasy and projection.

Scherer’s low-relief objects suggest exterior signage, interior decor, and toys. They mix familiar
icons and hackneyed aesthetics as a sort of visual and psychical game. Her titles are hints or
doorways with which to enter the work, while the abstraction of symbols and process become a
tool to both make and negate meaning. Scherer began this body of work after moving back to
her hometown of Seattle, processing the rapid development of the city. In confronting her
emotionally distant nostalgia for the “old Seattle,” and relating this feeling to her dissociative
generation at large, Scherer fabricates the negotiations of personal identity.

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Dori Hana Scherer lives and works in Seattle, WA. She got her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago and is currently getting her masters there as well in their low-residency MFA program. She has
shown at Actual Size Los Angeles, WERK in Los Angeles, and SOIL Gallery in Seattle, and has been
included in numerous other group exhibitions throughout the country.

 

YOUR WHOLE REAL LIFE

Leonardo Kaplan

March 1 - April 22


The question isn’t if something is real, but how something is real.  

For this exhibition, Leonardo Kaplan is presenting a new series of canvases titled “Chase Freedom.” The images replicate institutional forms, applications for services and official notices from the city of Chicago. Kaplan’s canvases are manipulated with household cleaning materials, over-the-counter hair products, and other conventional chemicals to evoke narcotic, diluted, and stained effects.

These works are the materialization of systems of power that invisibly dominate the administrative regimens of our lives, systems like finance and legality. Through a distorted lens we reconsider the actual aesthetics and semantic nature of these systems, their assigned structuring, meaning and accountability.

Questioning the scope, ethics, and metrics of language, its capacity to operate our reality, Kaplan’s paintings underscore the gravity of how we believe in systems and how value is reshaped, counterfeited, and molded to our perception.

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Leonardo Kaplan is a working artist in Chicago Il. He has exhibited in Chicago with New Capital Projects and The Graham Foundation, in Berlin at the Freies Museum, and in Miami at the NADA Art Fair with ACRE projects. He has co-directed two artist run spaces, The Hills Esthetic Center and BOYFRIENDS, and currently works for the ACRE Residency.

 


SYNKHRA INTRAGALACTIC LIBRARY

Coley Mixan

January 4th - February 18th,  2018

 

Eat more F.I.B.E.R. You've probably heard it before. But do you know why F.I.B.E.R. (feminists improving boundless, eternal rock'n'roll) is so good for your health?

Dietary F.I.B.E.R. — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, organix music, information nuggets and legumes — is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve white patriarchal & capitalist constipation/conspiracies!

A high-F.I.B.E.R. diet has many benefits, which include:

  • ONE OF MANY PATHS TOWARDS SELF-LOVE AND RESPECT
  • PROMOTES A SENSE OF BELONGING FOR ALL PERSONS REGARDLESS OF RACE, CLASS, ABILITIES, GENDER, ETC.
  • HELPS TO HONOR THE DIVINE FEMININE
  • REMINDS THAT FEMINISM DOES NOT EXIST FOR THE SOLE COMFORT OF WHITE CIS WOMEN
  • LAUGHS AT THE COSMOS--SOFT BELLY & ALL
  • AIDS IN USING INTERSECTIONALITY AS A RESEARCH PARADIGM TO IMPLEMENT THEORY INTO ACTIVE, POLITICAL PRACTICE THAT REALLY WORKS FOR POSITIVE CHANGE ON OUR HUMAN-SICKENED PLANET
  • INVESTIGATES SOUNDS WAVES AS GLUTEN CHANNELS AS LOVING CARESSES AS BEAUTIFUL SOULS AS POWERFUL WOMXN AS ANGRY & COMPASSIONATE STRIVERS
  • LOWERS CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

and much more! the first ever Intragalactic SYNKHRA Library will be landing in Seattle on Jan. 4th. You can sign up for your membership card to experience workshops, book clubs, soft pink lounging opportunities, snuggle tits, computer games, neon wiggles, free access to books/articles/journals/zines, live art & music performances, vegan treats, coley eyebrows, donut slingshot practices, potatoes, etc. !! persons that undergo F.I.B.E.R. initiation sessions will also get a power staff at the F.I.B.E.R. training center being installed at the Gallery 4Culture in june. members will get their own library card and access to contacting @astro.ooze for scheduling feminist-centered events, healing classes and much more!! stop by on opening night for a party and an abundance of donut hole fun. library event schedule to be posted soon. 

i'll read with you there !! #librarylife #SYNKHRA #queerart #seattleart #specialistgallery #mandy #fiber

 
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Forever 22+

December 7 - 30, 2017

Specialist presents F O R E V E R  2 2 +, a holiday salon style show, bringing some of our favorite artists together under one roof.
Come celebrate with us and get some dope ass pressies for your friends and family, while supporting Seattle's newest artist-run contemporary art space!We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 7, 5 - 9 PM, for the opening reception.

 

 

Ready to Gift

Hongzhe Liang

Thursday October 5th 2017

 

Calvin Klein underwear for my best friend, 5-pack cotton bikinis and 2 briefs

used Burberry wallet for my good-hearted uncle who once drove me around Beijing at 3am just for fun

5 dollar kimono for my nephew, sorry, really could not afford an iPad

4 Kirkland Dried Blueberries for not-so-nice aunt

honey honey honey honey honey honey calcium calcium calcium calcium fish oil fish oil fish oil fish oil

Classic Tortoise watch for whoever else will ask for a gift

old fashioned linen handbag for my step-mother and hope she likes it?

MacBook Air that I need to erase everything from before I give it to my cousin

brand new leather belt purchased online, Italy 

ebay Leica snapshot camera for Lei, my favorite

oh dad said a big bag of pistachio

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Hongzhe Liang (b.1992, Yueyang, China)  is a Seattle based artist. He received his BFA in Photomedia at University of Washington, Seattle. Liang has shown at Veronica (Seattle),  Glass Box (Seattle),  3BHK (Fort Cochin) among others.

View Documentation Here

 
 
 
 

it's me and it's you and it's yes

William E. Shields and Alexi Brown-Schmidt

August 3-September 17, 2017

Specialist presents its inaugural exhibition with works by Alexi Brown-Schmidt and William E. Shields. “It’s me and it’s you and it’s yes” is made of concrete and oil paint.  The title of the show comes from YouTube enthusiasm for the music of Yes, the 1970s prog rock pioneers. The concrete sculptures consider weight and support, anchored between comforting ballasts and begrudged stumbling blocks. These items are monitored by the painted posters of some long-forgotten community theaters’ memorable performances.

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William E. Shields (b. 1987) was born in Canterbury, New Hampshire. He now lives in Seattle, Washington.  He makes three dimensional objects out of common materials.

Alexi Brown-Schmidt (b. 1980, Coupeville, WA) lives and works out of his home studio in Allentown, Tukwila, WA.  He takes images from his surroundings of the Duwamish River, the bar, Southcenter at large, and television.