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August 8, 2008 at 11:31am

The Tacoma Files: Micah Tucker

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DANIEL BLUE: MEET MICAH TUCKER >>>

Tacomafilesmicahtucker Tacomafilesart Micah Tucker is a working artist. When I first moved to Tacoma, he was painting huge canvases and hanging them in his friends' apartments. This is perhaps some of the first "art" I was exposed to outside of the graffiti some friends had shown me in Seattle. Not to compare the two, Micah's art was different than anything I had seen that far. Playing on shadows and silhouettes, he had mastered the art of predicting how a person would look, where their eyes would move and what they might see in a chronological order. 

Looking at his paintings was kind of like reading a mystery novel, as they revealed themselves bit by bit and sometimes never completely. For the longest time I stared and stared at a painting he had hung in his and Duggan's hallway. It looked like a random shape, just a pipe and a weird fedora hat thing .... blurry and blocky and cartoony. I knew something was in there, something that I couldn't get my mind to see. That feeling of knowing you don't know, is important to me. I'm frustrated by it, but Micah knows it's all too easy to pretend that what greets your eyes is the end-all truth. He was asking us to take the time to bend our minds in new ways, and in that respect he was a teacher.

Currently Micha is working for Doug Knudson as an end-all, be-all construction cobra. I didn't see his paintings for a while, but recently he hung a show at The Helm. He has not lost his ability to cast your mind into doubt about what you are looking at.

LINK: The Tacoma Files

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