Hangers | Bellevue , WA | 2014
Curators at the Bellevue Art Museum most likely don’t consider their coat room as an exhibition space. But the hundreds of hangers under overhead lights cast artful shadows that change hourly, depending on visitors’ outerwear whims: what’s hung, how it’s hung, where it’s hung. No kidding. Like digital barcodes, the shadowy designs — parallel, diagonal, criss-cross lines — carry information our brains can’t quite process. Number of visitors. Their sizes and ages. Peak visiting hours. Outside temperature and precipitation. Analyze the patterns and you’ll … OK, all this may be a stretch. But isn’t there value in looking behind and beneath for tell-tale shadows, whether from hangers or humans?