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June 20 – August 12, Pointing at the Western Washington University Gallery An accidental theme is found in five sculptures on the Western campus: they invite the viewer to look—away from the sculptures—at something beyond them. The five sculptures—Bayview Station by George Trakas, Skyviewing Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, Stadium Piece by Bruce Nauman, Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings by Nancy Holt and Log Ramps by Lloyd Hamrol—function as observatories and stadiums, pointing the viewer towards the bay, the sky, the Pole Star or, in the case of Stadium Piece and Log Ramps, to the passersby. The theme is accidental because the sculptures were not selected for the collection based on these characteristics. They were created over a period of thirty years (1969-1999) specifically for the Western campus and they developed directly out of each artist’s personal art practice. Yet, the theme is found in the five sculptures and the question arises: what accounts for its presence? This exhibition responds to this question and searches for indications in works on paper from the same general period of American art.

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