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War Experience Project Open House and final days as part of Spaceworks Tacoma

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 12, 2011 at 6:56 am with No Comments »
April 11, 2011 3:00 pm
The War Experience Project gallery. Courtesy photo.

The War Experience Project is in downtown Tacoma for only two more weeks, and you’re invited to check it out or even participate.

As I wrote when WEP arrived for some workshops last July, the Project is all about veterans and active duty military making art on military jackets as a way of expressing what they’ve gone through. Conceived by Bellingham vet and self-taught artist Rick Lawson, the Project has traveled the country and Europe, holding workshops for military and displaying the art as a way of educating the public.

WEP shirt. Courtesy photo.

Says Dr. Sarah Maltby, of City University in London, England: “The War Experience Project deconstructs the notion of the militarized, mechanized body in war to show us the emotional individual person as the wearer of the uniform. The jacket as something that covers the body is used to reveal the more intimate experience of veterans. The cover is thus used to uncover.”

Luckily for WEP, Spaceworks Tacoma was looking for artists to show work in empty retail spaces downtown at the same time, and a match was made. WEP has been showing at its temporary gallery at 906 Broadway since last fall, and this weekend sees the final Open House.

From 3-8 p.m. April 15-17, visitors can drop in and see 13 new uniforms created by local veterans. Paint and clay supplies will be available to veterans who wish to create something for the Project, and non-vets can paint a fabric square, used in quilts to protect the garment art as it travels. The gallery will also be open by appointment through end of April.

More information? 347-927-3708, www.warep.com


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