Seattle: group exhibition of pop surrealist tiger art

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Tomorrow (Friday, 5/14) night, a fantastic group art show, Tiger Tiger Burning Bright, opens at Seattle's Roq La Rue Gallery. Running until May 30, the exhibition features work by Audrey Kawasaki, Robert Hardgrave, Travis Louie, Lisa Petrucci, Isabel Samaras, Robert Burden, Jason D'Aquino, Nouar, Jim Blanchard, Angelique Houtcamp, Bob Dob, Anthony Ausgang, Ann-Marie Manker, Yumiko Kayukawa, Jaw Cooper, and more. Above (left to right), Bob Dob's "The Last Ride" and Audrey Kawsaki's "Negaigoto." The show was inspired by William Blake's poem, The Tiger. All of the work is also viewable online. "Tiger Tiger Burning Bright" preview


  1. I went to the Giant Robot Tiger Exhibit in LA and purchased a piece. Now I wish I had saved my money for “Burning Bright-Lick.” Yowza!

  2. Cory in town, and Roq La Rue opening a new show, it’s like a boingboing showdown in Seattle tomorrow night.

  3. It’s a pity none of them seem to have taken up any of Blake’s political or religious symbolism.

    The man was a revolutionary in so many ways, and the poem was written to put forth his particular vision and criticism of the world. It’s kind of a sad take on poetry, especially by visual artists, to be so literal. Yes, the poem talks about a tiger, but you know, it’s a poem, so there’s probably a lot in that that is about the tiger as a symbol of other stuff. Maybe I’m dense, but the pictures I see don’t engage much with any of the meanings behind Blake’s words. It’s more like “tigers are pretty” (and, often, hot chicks are pretty).

  4. The site says “We’ve asked a group of artists to create works inspired by this majestic, tragic, and beautiful creature”

    I think the focus of the show is on the animal, not on the poem. Which is why the artists have all painted actual tigers.

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