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Darius X

A Boy Named Soo

In A Boy Named Soo, printmaker Darius X reflects on his life as a transgender Korean adoptee raised in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition includes work from 2004 to the present.

Darius X, The Fleet, 2013, linocut, 22” x 30”
  • February 4 - 25, 2016
  • Opening: Thursday, February 4, 6:00 — 8:00 pm

Driven by a yearning to find his place within the Asian American and Queer communities, Darius uses the bold and direct medium of linoleum block printing to explore how identities intersect and shape cultural notions of race, gender and family. Through the multi-step process of carving and printing by hand, he constructs his own mythologies about who he is, where he came from, and where he belongs.

A Boy Named Soo showcases Darius’ progression from simple self-portraits to more intricate use of repetitive images, expanded color palettes, and enhanced scale. K77-1383’s muted backdrop establishes a melancholy tone while The Fleet, part of a suite of vibrant prints, evokes the colors of a Korean hanbok, a traditional ceremonial dress. The four color multi-block print, Self-Made Man, is a tongue in cheek yet intimate look into the artist’s weekly ritual.

About the Artist

Darius X fell in love with the craft of linoleum block printing when he took an art class at his Tacoma high school. He was born in South Korea and immigrated to the US in 1977. Despite constant soul searching for home, he is deeply rooted in Seattle’s diverse communities. He was a member of IDEA Odyssey Art Gallery, a visual arts collective promoting cultural diversity, community and economic development in the International District. In 2003, he co-founded the Queer People of Color Liberation Project (QPOC LP) and created a mixed media performance series that focused on racial and gender oppression. He has studied at School of Visual Concepts, Seattle Central Community College and the University of Washington.