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ARTS
July 14 - 20, 2004

VISUAL ARTS PICK

  DOMICILE

Charles Baudelaire once professed he had a "horror of home," and considering all the money I spend at those damn home improvement stores, I can't blame him. But the home of the 19th century isn't the home of 2004, and a new group show called "Domicile" at CoCA explores just what it means to be at home in an age of same-sex couples, Homeland Security, and semi-disposable furniture. Most of the work revisits familiar themes but with creative twists: Margarita Cabrera's espresso makers and Crock-Pots sewn together from vinyl poke fun at consumer fetishism, while Rhonda Weppler's salt and cornflakes boxes recall Warhol's Brillo boxes. John Jenkins IV's minimalist photographs strip the concept of home to its most primal level. Kyung Jeon creates disturbing childhood scenes on rice paper, and Raul Cordero uses the old "blinking Jesus" technique to conjure images of interior spaces that alternate between order and chaos. And two experimental videos by Nicole Cohen (Spying, shown above) and gallery owner/artist Greg Kucera turn a voyeur's eye on the banalities of domestic space. But the most direct exploration of the relationships among home, voyeurism, and privacy comes from Seattle conceptual artist flatchestedmama. Carting a futon, her desk, and roller skates into CoCA, she'll work, sleep, and eat in the gallery for the duration of the show. Center on Contemporary Art, 10 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Exhibit runs through July 28. ANDREW ENGELSON