19 Rainstorms

March 12 – May 7, 2005

Conceived as a response to Seattle’s perpetual spring rains, Western Bridge’s third exhibition instead opened in the middle of a near-drought. While Seattle awaited the rains of March and April, 19 Rainstorms filled our galleries with buckets of the stuff.

Each work in the exhibition took rain as its subject, though they range from straightforward descriptions to highly fanciful evocations. In several cases, notably work by Anri Sala, Oliver Boberg, Olafur Eliasson, and Trisha Donnelly, a strange theme emerged concerning human attempts to control the uncontrollable; in these pieces, the separation between human agency and nature began to collapse.

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