A Seattle Indie Rocker Goes Solo at Bellevue Art Museum

An indie music veteran constructs his sonic vision in 3-D

By Gavin Borchert


December 24, 2018

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Unless you’re Adele, the money in the music biz hardly comes from music anymore. (Thanks, Internet!) If you’re a struggling, touring musician, like Clyde Petersen (of queercore band Your Heart Breaks) or any of the indie acts he’s managed over the years (Kimya Dawson, Laura Veirs and Aesop Rock, to name a few), a dismaying chunk of your income comes from…T-shirts.

In between gigs, Petersen dabbles as an award-winning visual artist (he has nabbed the Neddy and more than 20 other awards and grants), and his Bellevue Arts Museum exhibit, Merch & Destroy, combines these two worlds in an homage to the two primary loci of life on the road—the tour van and the green room—both reconstructed in glamorous painted cardboard sculptures. That music playing overhead as you tour the exhibit? He made that, too.

Through 4/14. Times and prices vary. Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, 510 Bellevue Way NE; 425.519.0770; bellevuearts.org


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