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New BAM exhibit focusing on 'Natural Flavor. Artificial Color'

Yellow No. 5 is a cornucopia of color, ideas and expression.

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The collection of work currently showing at The Bellevue Arts Museum was curated by Tariqa Waters, founder of Martyr Sauce, an art gallery and community space in Pioneer Square.

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“The name of this exhibition is Yellow Number 5," said Waters. "It is a wonderland of different perspectives, of multi-talented artists, from regional artists [...] everyone in this show is a very accomplished artist in their own right.”

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What's in a name?

“I remember as a kid we used to make fun of Yellow No. 5 and Red 40. Like, what is in my candy?” Waters laughed.

The tagline for this exhibition is "Natural Flavor. Artificial Color." and Waters said the whimsical, pastel-laden atmosphere sets a welcoming tone for visitors but the canvases and sculptures within Yellow No. 5 often have deeper meanings beneath their sweet, candy-like colors.

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“Come into a space, you wanna just smile and then you’re met with serious dialogue,” Waters said.

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The works within Yellow No. 5 reward close viewing and contemplation, but Waters said not everyone will be able to decipher the symbolism within each piece. She said she hopes Yellow No. 5 can spur natural conversations about important topics, with help from a little "artificial color."

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"The whole point is the engagement," Waters said. "How is art still powerful? How is art still impactful and needed in a time like this.”

To see and hear more about Yellow No. 5, watch the video above. Then, visit BAM's website for current museum hours and/or virtual experiences.

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