Implied Violence Yes and More and Yes and Yes and Why

Oct 9, 2010   |   11am-5pm
Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Performance will take place at the reflecting pools

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The Dorothy K: For Better, For Worse, and Forever, a new performance by Implied Violence, will be performed at the opening of IV’s exhibition Yes and More and Yes and Yes and Why.  The Dorothy K is IV’s first performance in Seattle after more than two years of national and international appearances at increasingly prestigious venues. This performance will take place in the Frye Art Museum’s reflecting pools on the first day the exhibition opens to the public, October 9, 2010, beginning at 10 am.

Every hour on the hour an archer will shoot twenty homemade wooden arrows into a target, a beautifully-crafted sculpture of paraffin wax while a small group of performers execute slow silent movements in the Museum’s reflecting pools as the water rises up the legs of their costumes. Monumental kinetic sculptures, one in each of the two bays on the east wall of the reflecting pool, will be set in motion by sentinels, watching over the activities in the pool below. Over the course of the daylong performance, the archery target, freestanding in the water at the south end, will be filled with arrows, completing the artwork.

When the artwork is completed it will be ceremoniously lifted from the pool and carried into the Museum where it will be placed in the exhibition. A sound score, produced live onsite, will play both outside the Museum and inside the Frye Café.


Co-founded by Ryan Mitchell and Mandie O’Connell, and showcasing the art of a shifting roster of visual artists, musicians, actors, dancers, choreographers, sound artists, and others, Implied Violence works include Die Wandlung (Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, 2006); In Between More and More History (The Smoke Farm, 2007); Come to My Center, You Enter the Winter (The Bridge Motel, 2007); and Our Summary in Sequence: Barley Girl, Versus, and Eat Fight Fuck (801 Aloha, 2008). Implied Violence, in collaboration with Seattle-based band The Dead Science, created The Air is Peopled with Cruel and Fearsome Birds, featured in the On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival 2007, before traveling to venues in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and other cities across the United States.