What's the Rush: Topics on Convenience

We live in a fast-paced society. (You may have heard that before.) What you very likely have not done is considered the implications as deeply or creatively as the artists featured in “What’s the Rush? Topics on Convenience,” an exhibit that thoughtfully muses on the things that are supposed to make our lives easier. The pieces can either be critical and shockingly revealing—selections from the “Running the Numbers” series by Seattle photographer Chris Jordan illustrates troubling consumer statistics on wasted electricity or the number of trees used for junk mail—to much more flattering (if not tongue-in-cheek), such as Susan Jane Belton’s series of oil paintings meticulously reproducing the logo-slathered to-go coffee cups from corporate chains such as Starbucks and 7-11. It’s kind of like Campbell’s Soup Cans for a world too busy to heat and serve.

Nov. 7-Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m., 2009

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