When at our most pessimistic, it’s easy to feel like we live in a garbage world surrounded by garbage people and literal garbage everywhere. The final Chase Gallery exhibit of 2021 embraces this idea. Fast Trash brings together three local artists to create in the medium of refuse as a response to lives that seem ever-more defined by disposable consumerism. Spearheading the project is Thom Caraway, who finds value in literal trash art because it undercuts artistic self-seriousness while also making something meaningful out of the “useless.” Tiffany Patterson tackles fast fashion via “Looking Fresh,” a series of faux fashion designs crafted from old sewing patterns, cardboard and collected rubbish materials (a La Croix box bikini, anyone?). Whitworth professor Katie Creyts’ work for the show plays off the pollution of the oceans with a piece that evokes death and a beached whale.
Fast Trash • Through Dec. 30, open Mon-Fri from 8 am-5 pm • Free • Chase Gallery • 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • spokanearts.org/programs/chase-gallery • 509-844-5303
— Seth Sommerfeld