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Art Review: Ain't By Numbers

Jeremy Richards
09/22/2011

The phrase "paint by numbers" has become shorthand for anything that's easy and unoriginal. But a few local artists have found a way to revive paint by numbers and actually create something surprising. Local critic Gary Faigin recently saw the exhibit "Bumber by Number" at Bumbershoot, and the pieces are now all available online. Gary explains how a bucolic covered bridge gives way to a car wreck, a pair of Siamese kittens get laser eyes, and an 18th century British lad cheerfully reveals his entrails — all with good humor and still honoring the original works. Gary Faigin talks with KUOW's Jeremy Richards.

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