Glasses, Still from HD Video with Sound, © 2012 Stephen Sewell, Courtesy of the artist

Glasses, Still from HD Video with Sound, © 2012 Stephen Sewell, Courtesy of the artist

Stephen Sewell
Behind the Curve
January 3 – February 1, 2013
Opening: First Thursday, January 3, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Stephen Sewell’s solo exhibition of images, objects and videos presents a body of work that examines an influential moment in his artistic development. In Behind the Curve, Sewell reveals the failure of images and objects to accurately convey meaning as he, surreptitiously and with humor, weaves together a web of personal experience and public histories.

The exhibition focuses on the idea of ‘collecting’ – the act (often obsessive) of acquiring and keeping cultural objects or memorabilia of a similar genre for their personal interest, monetary value or beauty. Behind the Curve points to contradictions and redundancies inherent in attempting to construct a history from objects that were perhaps not originally intended to be an accurate record of experience.

Stephen Sewell’s past works have included performance and video exploring ideas of productivity, beauty, and success in terms of unproductivity, mediocrity, and failure. In conjunction with this exhibition, Sewell will be giving a performance and artist talk via Hollow Earth Radio on Sunday, January 13, 9:30pm. Watch the gallery website for details.

About Stephen Sewell
Stephen Sewell moved from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest to earn his MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington. He remained in Seattle to establish his studio practice after completing the program earlier in 2012. Beyond his Gallery4Culture exhibition, video works by Stephen Sewell are currently playing on e4c, 4Culture’s storefront gallery for electronic art.