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Lectures and Events
Artist Talk: Iole Alessandrini Digital media artist Alessandrini talks about her computer-aided laser installations and describes collaborating with other artists and techies. 2 p.m. Sat. July 24. Free. Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919.
Artist Lecture: Woodblock Prints Chinese artists Chen Qi and Zhang Guang Hui talk about the art of woodblock prints. 6 p.m. Thurs. July 22. Free. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St. (in Pratt's Yellow Building), 206-328-2200.
Lecture: Mondrian and the Abstractionists University of Southern California art professor Nancy Troy discusses the influence of patronage on Piet Mondrian and other abstract artists on offer in SAM's "Van Gogh to Mondrian" exhibit. 7 p.m. Mon. July 26. $6-$8. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3100.
Reflecting on Lewis & Clark A traveling exhibit launched by the Maryhill Museum of Art offers works by 13 contemporary Native American artists exploring the complex legacy of the Corps of Discovery's trip to the coast, including basketry by Wasco tribe member Pat Courtney Gold and works by artist and poet Elizabeth Woody and Yakama/Nez Perce artist Miles Miller. Opening celebration: 1-5 p.m. Sun. July 25. Free with admission. State Capital Museum, 211 S.W. 21st Ave. (Olympia). 360-753-2580.
Tacoma Red Door Project Tacoma's version of Pigs on Parade features 15 artists' variations on a red door. They'll be scattered about the city and an online map is available at www.reddoorproject.com. Opening day includes a bus tour of all the pieces. Red Door tour: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. July 24. $10 including lunch (advance tickets required). Tour meets at Proctor Neighborhood Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th (Tacoma), 253-572-8193.
Square Room In "Thunderstorm" Brian McGuffy's semiabstract paintings capture tornados, oil derricks, and other Midwest icons of global warming while Leif Holland's wall sculptures evoke twisted natural forms. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. July 24. 1316 E. Pike St., 206-267-7120, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
G. Gibson Randy Hayes' well-executed series "Birds of Mississippi" uses collages of photographs and overpainted images to capture the poverty and distinctive character of rural Mississippi. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Mon. July 26.
Solomon Fine Art Abstract collages made from paint on mylar by Fred Holcomb, aluminum sculpture by Josh Garber, and drawings by Chris St. Pierre. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Fri. July 23.
Artemis Laura Amussen's big, abstract, and intriguing installations make use of bamboo and other natural materials to create some rather Freudian- looking holes and other patterns that aim to "initiate a dialog between emptiness and desire." 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Atelier 31 Amarillo-based artist Scott Frish creates big, mixed-media compositions from antique photographs and layer upon layer of color screens. Also on display, manipulated nude photographs from recent Cornish grad Alison Katica, whose "Outerwear Series" examines issues of the body as commodity. 2500 First Ave., 206-448-5250. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Tues.; 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Baas Gallery Paintings dense with a layered, collagelike mosaic of wild animals and childhood toys by Minnesota artist Mary Ann Papanek-Miller. 2703 E. Madison, 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Sat.
Bluebottle Cornish alum and SubLevel3 contributor Tory Franklin's "Sketches for Fleet of the S.S. Marie Antoinette" is part of a larger project to create a sculptural book—these 3-D "sketches" include cut relief, intaglio, silkscreen, letterpress printing, and hand drawings. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Bryan Ohno San Francisco sculptor Bella Feldman's "War Toy Redux" offers a panoply of streamlined, dangerous-looking mobile sculptures that explore the age-old question: Why is weaponry so darned cool? 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CoCA "Domicile," a mixed but clever group show investigating issue of home, includes Margarita Cabrera's household appliances sewn from vinyl, John Jenkins IV's minimalist photographs, Kyeung Jeong's disturbing childhood scenes on rice paper, and Raul Cordero's use of the "blinking Jesus" technique to conjure images of interior spaces alternating between order and chaos. Videos by Nicole Cohen and gallery owner/artist Greg Kucera turn a voyeur's eye on the banalities of domestic space while conceptual artist flatchestedmama turns herself into an exhibit as she lives, works, and rollerskates at CoCA for the duration of the show. 410 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
D'Adamo/Woltz Abstract paintings layered with calligraphy and Tibetan motifs by Chinese artist Huang Gang. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Davidson Three sculptors arrive at Davidson: Carla Grahn makes use of everyday industrial metals—nails, nuts, bolts, and bike chains—but arranges them in soft, floral forms. Juan Alfaro's sculptural installations use video documentation to capture objects in surprising motion, while Kate Hunt's stark minimalist pieces employ burnt paper and steel. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Francine Seders The group show "Big and Small" displays one large painting and several small ones from artists Alfonse Borysewicz, Lauri Chambers, Denzil Hurley, Robert C. Jones, and Julie Shapiro. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Gallery 63 Eleven "At Sea," a series of painted adventures between a cat and polar bear by Kelly Staton, and Mona J. Lang's campy struggles for survival called "Wintertime." 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Gallery 110 In Natalie Niblack's paintings, you'll find an assortment of saints real and fictional—and in order to make them less personal and more mythic, she's modeled them after childhood dolls. Also on display is Christopher Vacano's "Page Rate: The Cost of Advertising," a series of Adbusters-esque faux advertisements slamming global capitalism. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Goods In "Signs of Life" Seattle's Shawn Wolfe builds oversized signs that turn banal sentiments into corporate-looking logos. 1112 Pike St., 206-622-0459, 11 a.m.-7 p.m Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Greg Kucera Large, kinetic sculptures in wood and other smaller pieces by John Buck, whose work manages to be both whimsical and philosophical. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Grover/Thurston New, happy-naive paintings by Bay Area artist Inez Storer. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House In Patti Warashina's "Real Politique," a show of ceramic work by the UW professor emeritus, figures that appear playful or informal on the surface harbor deeper, serious concerns. Each of the 10 slightly surreal pieces expresses some aspect of Warashina's history, whether personal or political—"Tule Lake Retreat" alludes to the guard towers of an internment camp, while in "Sitting Ducks" a woman meets the world with open arms, oblivious to whatever malicious forces might have her in their sights. Also on display is a collection of Warashina's newer, small-scale works. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Hugo House In "Twentieth Century Follies: A Fabrication," Tacoma-based artist Peter Temple-Thurston creates a series of formidable monochrome prints on the horrors of the 20th century reinterpreted through the lens of Lewis Carroll's Alice books. 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Seattle's Iole Alessandrini installs interactive lasers and other optical gizmos in this multimedia experience intended to explore, the artist says, "the distributed body, multiple-self and transmigration of presence." 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kirkland Arts Center In "Fancy Cakes and Shore Lines," Sonja Peterson's ceramic sculptures and paintings refer to traditional Japanese figurines known as jizo, while Kiki MacInnis' phallic drawings of peach pits and root clumps verge on the abstract. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kuhlman Tom Bagley, Ellen Forney, Joe Newton, and Erin Norlin create their own twisted versions of 1970s ads from the Art Instruction Institute. 2419 First Ave. (Belltown), 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Linda Hodges New paintings by Gaylen Hansen, many of which are populated with a menagerie of animals, and all executed with the vigorous brushstrokes and informally playful style Hansen has cultivated over the years. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris The 20th anniversary of this dependable—if a bit conservative—gallery above Pike Place Market promises a selection of greatest hits from the Lisa Harris playlist, featuring works by 27 artists, including Peter de Lory, Ed Kamuda, Richard Morhous, Royal Nebeker, and Emily Wood. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Pitcairn Scott Belltown artist Marcus Johnson's paintings and assemblages by R'ykandar Korra'ti. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Priceless Works "Urban Dwellers" examines the life and habits of cityfolk, and includes work by Kynan Antos, Francesca Berrini, Drew Demeter, Dylan Nuewirth, and others. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Roq La Rue Thirty gritty, super-high-contrast photos of Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and other characters inside Andy Warhol's Factory by Manhattan scene documenter Billy Name. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
SCCC M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery "Translación de la Palabra/Transition of the Word" features mixed-media works on immigration and assimilation by Isaac Hernandez. 801 E. Pine (inside SCCC Atrium Cafeteria), 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. and 5-7 p.m. Tues & Thurs. 206-344-4379
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery Work by artists represented by SAM Rental/Sales partner Solomon Fine Art, including Tom Gormally, Fred Holcomb, and Ilse Kluge. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Suyama Space Jyung Mee Park's "Loss and Gain" arranges river-worn stones to address big-scale expanses of time. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Tollbooth Tacoma takes the lead in cool public art ideas: Tollbooth, a small, rain-sheltered kiosk that displays video and paper-based art 24/7. This month, Tollbooth screens "Rising Up" by Oregon indy filmmaker Vanessa Renwick. 11th and Broadway, Tacoma, open 24 hours.
Vain "Bits, Clouds and Arrows" offers the graffiti and hip-hop-inspired art of David Linder, Iosefatu Sua, George Estrada, Jennifer Singer, and others. 2018 First Ave., 206-441-3441. Noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Tues.; 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Wed.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Western Bridge This fabulous new SODO art space designed by Roy McMakin showcases William and Ruth True's vast collection of contemporary art. "Possessed" is a group show about "the things we own and the things that own us," featuring work by Adam Fuss, Zoe Leonard, Shirin Neshat, Tony Oursler, Paul Pfeiffer, Aïda Ruilova, and Cindy Sherman. 3412 Fourth Ave. S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
William Traver Deirdre Daw's new show of mixed-media ceramic sculptures, "Nest Heads," is an interesting mix of organic and slightly tribal elements, full of entwining tendrils, bulbous roots, and organic mandalas. Also on display: unexciting glass fish by Hiroshi Yamano and syrupy glass by Jay MacDonnell. 110 Union St., second floor, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Winston Wächter Jan Aronson's big, bold paintings of tree leaves become studies in near-abstract juxtapositions of form and color. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Woodside/Braseth "Summer Salon" includes the old standbys of Northwest art (Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, Mark Tobey, etc.) alongside more contemporary fare (Gary Faigin, Paul Havas, Ginny Ruffner, etc.). 1533 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Zeitgeist In Chad States' large C-Print photos of campy staged tableaux, glum-looking hipsters confront each other and ponder their miserable existence. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Frye Art Museum "Eloquent Vistas" collects American landscape photography from the second half of the 19th century by Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson, and many others. And for those who don't know a watercolor from a mezzotint, the Frye's new selection of works on paper offers a tutorial in techniques such as lithography, drawing, and engraving. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Henry Art Gallery "Santiago Calatrava: The Architect's Studio" showcases the work of the ultramodern Spanish architect with a fondness for organic swoops and seemingly impossible curves. Meanwhile, a show by British multimedia artist Alex Morrison explores youth subcultures and their co-opting by the marketplace. "Selections from the Collection of William and Ruth True" offers a sampling from the collection of these two keen-eyed art collectors and longtime patrons of the Henry, including a typically intense video by Trisha Donnelly, a portrait in paint samples by Vik Muniz, and a soothingly mindless video of skateboarders by Kristen Stoltmann. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Glass Taking the medieval stained-glass panel as her launching pad, Judith Schaechter creates violent and just plain weird vignettes of early 21st-century life. Her recurrent themes are road kill, bathrooms, naughty women, children, and other tragedies. And it's all executed in absolutely gorgeous swirling, fractured bits of color. Also on display: dolls, fabric creations, and glass faces all exploring ethnic and personal identity by local artist Marita Dingus, and a so-so retrospective of work by Italo Scanga, a buddy of Chihuly's and a frequent guest artist at the Pilchuck School until his death in 2001. 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Royal B.C. Museum A huge touring exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts from the British Museum will make its only Pacific Northwest stop at Victoria's Royal B.C. Museum. Expect to see heaps of gorgeous treasures looted by those darn Brit imperialists, including intricate golden death masks, a multiton granite lion, scraps of Egyptian scrolls, and yes, real, dead mummies. 675 Belleville Street (Victoria, B.C.) 888-447-7977. 9 a.m.-5 p.m daily.
Seattle Art Museum "Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kröller- Müller Museum" offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal (oh, just elbow your way through the crowds) with some truly great examples of Van Gogh's work. Also on offer in this traveling exhibit from the Netherlands are other exemplars of the modernist movement, including some early Picassos, cubist work by Juan Gris, freaky mythological scenes by Odilon Redon, and pictures by Leger and Seurat. Also on display: the video Shadow Procession, a low-tech shadow parable that is a recent SAM acquisition by South African artist William Kentridge; "The View From Here" offers selections of Pacific Northwest art from 1870 to 1940; and "Modern in America" explores the interaction between photography and the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, Jasper Johns, and other 20th-century artists. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Seattle Asian Art Museum "Larger than Life Heroes" presents Ukiyo-e and woodblock prints on the subject of sumo wrestling. Yup, big sweaty fat guys grappling with each other in loincloths. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Tacoma Art Museum TAM's Northwest Annual, this year with the moniker "Buildingwise," is a grab bag of local art, some quite good and some just OK. Standouts in this juried show include a painting and time-lapse video of its creation by Patte Loper, realist paintings thick with queasy pinks and greens by Robert Jones, a couple of clever video installations by Juniper Shuey and Iole Alessandrini, large-scale abstractions by Margie Livingston, and Rachel Brumer's quilts-as-stained glass. Also on display: "Andy Goldsworthy: Mountain and Coast, Autumn Into Winter" presents photographs from the nature artist's 1987 residency in Japan, plus four sculptures of burnt wood and other natural materials. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Wing Luke Asian Museum The juried exhibit "Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race" attempts to break open the lockbox of dialogue on race with Ronald Hall's rage-filled paintings, Wes Kim's short films, and MalPina Chan's monoprints of the immigrant experience, among others. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.