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Digging Your Own Graves 

Wednesday, Apr 28 2010
Desire for truth -- is it the salvation of humans, or just an irrelevant itch that keeps us all clawing away at each other? Painter Morris Graves wanted to talk about the nature of reality, using a "changing language of symbols." In celebration of what would have been the Pacific Northwest painter's 100th birthday, "The Visionary Art of Morris Graves" offers a look at his language. Birds, snakes, moonlight, and near-abstract rhythmic shapes show his close study of traditions other than Western. However, far from the thoughtless New Age mishmashes we see now, Graves' works are full of both tension and intention, respect for and knowledge of other cultures, all hand-in-hand with an intense, lovely "voice" that could only have been his own.
April 26-May 15, 2010

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