by Jen Graves
on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Courtesy of the artist
HIDING WHAT'S UNDERNEATH A detail from Julie Alpert's new installation Shape Shifters, at Cornish.
A bunch of Seattle artists who've formed a reading group chose an essay this month about installational painting, Anne Ring Petersen's 2010 "Painting Spaces." Artists of the 1990s and 2000s, Petersen writes, have rethought painting, making paintings not as pictures but as 3-D objects, as sites or places in themselves—paintings as installations. They connect beyond their frames. You see them in museums and galleries hung as flags or robes, leaned like protest signs, used to demarcate parts of a room, worn on the body, draped to form architecture or furniture.
Julie Alpert's Shape Shifters looks as if a painting exploded...