Paul D. McKee: Excerpts from Trophies of the American Home

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Artist's Reception, Thursday, March 25, 7 - 9pm
CoCA Belltown, 2721 First Ave. (at Clay), Seattle, WA 98121
Reception takes place in the Club Room of the Avenue One Condominiums, directly above the Gallery.

On View 24 hours every day, February 11, 2009 - March 28, 2010

Paul D. McKee received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (2000) and his MFA from Wichita State University in 2008. This exhibit is a variation of his thesis exhibition titled, Trophies of the American Home. He has transformed the CoCA Belltown Gallery into what appears to be the fragmented structure of an upscale American home, but after closer inspection, weaves into something more challenging and confrontational to the viewer. By using items from an exaggerated domestic environment (specifically items pertaining to the creation of home by traditional standards) and juxtaposing them with objects and materials associated with men and masculinity, he wishes to trigger an internal reaction in the viewer. By questioning the competition of these items with one another (and their classification in relation to gender), McKee is commenting on the social structure of the home and family unit in our modern society and its exclusion of certain peoples - specifically gay and lesbian family units - and the struggle to achieve the so called "American dream".

Of this work Paul states, "I want the viewers to acknowledge the objects' existence- their histories, their contents and their connections to diverse perceptions of family, home and sanctuary. I want their personal stories and my own to establish common ground regardless of the viewer's upbringings, levels of tolerance or feelings about non normative sexualities and spaces; I want them to use the work as a bridge between."

Visit Paul's website here.

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