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Bellevue Arts Museum opens Dirk Staschke. Falling Feels a Lot Like Flying

The Bellevue Arts Museum presents Dirk Staschke. Falling Feels a Lot Like Flying, an exhibition on view March 1 – May 27, 2012.

Dirk Staschke Wishing Well, Knowing Otherwise (detail), 2011 Ceramic 6.5 x 4 x 4 ft. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Winner of the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence of the BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!, ceramic artist Dirk Staschke returns to BAM with his first museum solo exhibition, Falling Feels a Lot Like Flying. Desire and consumption are at the heart of this lavish and startlingly realistic installation. Inspired by the bountiful Vanitas still-life paintings of 16th century Northern Europe and the excessive ornamentation of the Baroque period, Staschke captures the beauty and opulence of a moment in time – creamy and syrupy stacks of sweets – yet, decay and collapse is looming right around the corner.

Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest’s center for the exploration of art, craft and design. BAM celebrates regional, national and international artists working in a broad range of craft media, including ceramics, fiber, metal, wood and glass. The Museum also offers a unique array of free or low-cost educational and community programs such as artist demonstrations, lectures and workshops as well as a variety of engaging and fun hands-on kids activities. The Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair, the largest and most prestigious arts event in the Pacific Northwest attracting an average of 350,000 visitors, is held annually in July. BAM is located in the heart of downtown Bellevue, provides free parking and is wheelchair accessible. –

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