Sat Dec 3 2016
Seattle Art Museum
3 PM – 5 PM
ROT: Compost vs. Surgery is a video and audio screening that links a tradition of visceral painterly physicality to urgent contemporary conversations about bodies, aging, identity
When body time meets linear time, ROT demands progress. Rotten things can be either
integrated in a healthy way (compost and renewal) or excised and burned (surgery). To ROT is to inhabit a critical bodily process in the midst of an infinite, unresolvable
trajectory. ROT gathers momentum in cycles of attack, sustain, decay and release. ROT
implies hope in survival, in coping and in stasis.
In ROT, artists combine video, sound, performance and multimedia poetry to revisit the
Abstract Expressionists, Vienna Actionists, post-minimalist artists, and feminist performance artists. Proximity to SAM’s Big Picture: Art After 1945 exhibition raises the question: are ROT artists composting the canon, or are these works a surgical redirection of art history?