Inye Wokoma

An Elegant Utility
Press & Reviews

Before ‘An Elegant Utility’ opened I was unsure about how the show would be received. This show is unlike any single body of work I have ever created and presented. It is an amalgam of every discipline I have worked in during my professional life and my life as an artist. Although the project began as a photographic meditation on the objects at the center of the show. None of those photos are in the final exhibit. So the irony of this show is that I have spent most of my career working in one form of photography or another and there are none of my original photographic images in the show. This show has more writing than I have ever formally presented, in any form. I also employ graphic design, illustration,  filmmaking and my background as a journalist and researcher. The final format for me is an exploration of the boundaries of how I work.

Reflecting on all of this, I am both relieved and pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response to the work. Both the community and members of the Seattle art establishment have expressed how strongly the work resonates. I am encouraged to continue to exploring the boundaries of how I tell stories and grapple with ideas.

Here are some articles and reviews published about this show.

The Seattle Times:  The Ways Love Shows Up in the World

The Seattle Weekly: An Elegant Utility’s Radical Interdependency

Real Change: Family Ties: Artist Inye Wokoma Follows His Family’s History Through the Central District at NAAM

The Stranger: Inye Wokoma: An Elegant Utility

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