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Lectures and Events
Artist Lecture: Reimagining Myth New York–based realist artist Scott Goodwillie gives a slide show and talk on how myths from sources as diverse as classical Greece and the Himalayas have informed his work. 7 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 12. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free, 206-622-9250.
Strange Places, Weird Faces A one-week show of paintings by Thom Johnson and LBW kicks off a new venue in Wallingford for emerging artists. Reception: 2-8 p.m. Fri Aug. 1. Show runs noon-5 p.m. Sat. Aug. 14-Wed. Aug. 18.
Blue Door New work by Graham Fracha and Susie Wind. Reception: 7-9 p.m. Fri. Aug. 13. 759 N. 80th St., 206-783-2583. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
City Space "Transition and Transformation" is a juried show of 26 emerging artists from across the state. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 12. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206- 749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Gulassa & Co. Paige Alderete's "Les Cheveaux" demonstrates that wigs can be art, too, with a series of wigs incorporating human hair, colorful synthetic fibers, feathers, beads, and found objects. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Fri. Aug. 13. 10 Dravus St., 206-283-181. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kirkland Arts Center "You Are What You Eat": jewelry, food, and sociopolitics featuring juried works by Patty Cokus, Ron Pascho, Rebecca Tomas, and others. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Thurs. Aug 12. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Museum of Glass Motorized, kinetic sculptures by Museum of Glass favorite Gregory Barsamian. Opening festivities include a performance of Slumber Gin, Peter Kyles' interpretive dance piece inspired by Barsamian's work. Reception: 1-4 p.m. Sat. Aug. 14. 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.
Seattle Academy of Fine Art Mitch Albala's atmospheric paintings transform the Alaskan landscape into studies in color and light. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Fri. Aug. 13. 1501 10th Ave. E., 206-526-2787. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
1506 Projects "Sea Legs" features new work by Ben Beres (tiny-text prints), David Herbert (low-tech sculpture and video), Jamison Ogg (supermarket-quality prints), Matt Sellars (minimal wood sculptures), and Daniel Smith (collage on cedar shingles). 1506 E. Olive, 206-329-5400. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat-Sun.
Ace Studios In "Plastic Fantastic," Matthew Porter paints cute portraits of Japanese toy characters. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1-5 p.m. Sat., or by appointment.
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 Etchings and aquatints by two important contemporary American artists: Julian Schnabel and sculptor George Segal. Also on display: simple sculptures in wood by Seattle artist Gary Berg. 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.
Benham Italian photographer Federico Busonero and American Stephen Johnson shoot images of national parks in their respective countries, while William Henry captures manmade castaway objects in a natural environment. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
Bluebottle In "Esperanza Es Eterna" (Hope Is Eternal), San Diego–based artist Charles Glaubitz creates a new series of paintings narrating a personal, cross-border mythology in the age of globalization. At its center is a costumed child-hero who witnesses the excesses of maquiladora factories and other border culture. Inhabiting both sides of what he calls the "paradox" of the border world (he's the son of an American father and a Mexican-born mother), Glaubitz's art is a vibrant mix of influences—from Hello Kitty to Tijuana billboards. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Bryan Ohno A group show of gallery artists including Ben Darby, Dean Eliasen, and Rae Mahaffey. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Capitol Hill Arts Center "Furnish" is a group show on the existential questions of domestic space by artists including Erk Run, Anne Mathern and Megan Szczecko. 1621 12th Ave. 206-388-0500. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Sun.
Carolyn Staley "Modern Women" features a series of Japanese prints depicting strong, lovely, and sensible women from the 19th and 20th centuries. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
CoCA In "101 Ways to Remove a President From Power," some rather impolitic art counts the ways to get rid of presidents (whether GWB, Martha Stewart, or Kenneth Lay). Featured artists include Jack Daws, Susan Robb, Leiv Fagereng, and many others. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
D'Adamo/Woltz In "Untold Story," Iranian-born artist Parvin paints figurative canvases that beat you over the head with their clumsy symbolism: a war widow cradling the skull of her beloved, and that sort of thing. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-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.
Foster/White A gerund-free zone, please! Titles like "The Leaving" and "The Changing" are like pins under the fingernails to me, and from what I've seen of Sandra Zeiset Richardson's sentimental sculptures, this show is apt to give me "The Heaving." 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Foster/White Rainier Square Oy, again with "Mille Fiori." The Dale Chihuly flower exhibit that flummoxed millions at the Tacoma Art Museum goes up for sale in Seattle. "Imaginations will be filled with wonderment and surprise," the gallery promises. When will it ever end? 1331 Fifth Ave., 206- 583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Fountainhead Realist landscapes by Thu Nguyen and Vasily Reschuk. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Gallery 4 Culture Sculpture inspired by Neal Bashor's day job as a construction worker. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
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, 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Gallery 110 Hallucinatory oil paintings of life run amok comprise Linda Horsley's "Party Time," while in John Martinotti's "Relics of the Past," luminous black-and-white photos document a dreamlike world of rural decay. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Garde Rail The first show in Garde Rail's new space in the Tashiro-Kaplan Building is Ohio artist Rick Borg's folk paintings of people, animals, and houses. They're all executed on scrap wood and are rich with crusty oils and house paint. And you get two for the price of one—each three- dimensional image is painted on both sides, the artist says, because "some folks like what's on the other side better." 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Glo's UW MFA graduate Flint Crumpacker's sunny, realist images of Seattle urban landscapes. 1621 E. Olive, 206-782-0786. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
G. Gibson "What I Did on My Summer Vacation": a group show of photographs by Richard Misrach, John Jenkins III, Mark Mann, Carol Sawyer, Lori Nix, and others. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Greg Kucera For better or worse, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee and stacks of D.C. Comics have done more to define American manhood than any group of drum-beating, chest-thumping "masculinity" writers ever have. In "Superhero Pantheon," Arizona-based artist Mark Newport creates warm and fuzzy knit superhero costumes in an attempt to deconstruct the myths of manhood locked within Batman, the Fantastic Four, and other manly comics. Also on display, photographs by Tim Roda and a benefit print sale to support the defeat of George W. Bush; on offer is an impressive array of work from Jasper Johns, Susan Rothenberg, Ed Ruscha, Cicely Brown, Richard Serra, and John Baldessari. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House In "Soft Sport," Jenny Heishman addresses the emptiness and weird sex appeal of golf and other sports through a variety of mixed-media sculptures, drawings, and photographs. Also on display: paintings taken from snapshots of strangers by Mark Takamichi Miller (see SWTW, p. 39). 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-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.
James Harris Seattle artist Mark Mumford turns the old Marshal McLuhan adage inside out, making the message the medium in these almost ludicrously simple photographs— placards emblazoned with text sit perched on office chairs, taking seemingly banal slogans that simultaneously yell at you (like advertising) yet also hold a kind of quiet calm. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jeffrey Moose Colorfully kitschy scenes of everyday life by Jan Erion and Cheri O'Brien. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
JEM Studios Digitally altered photographic prints on paper, wood, and other materials by Cornish alum Caroline Kapp. 6012 12th Ave. S. (Georgetown), 206-427-6748. Noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
LGBT Community Center "Reflections of a Self-Absorbed Woman" is composed of fractured photographs on the topic of—you guessed it—self and identity by Seattle's Linda Young. 1115 E. Pike St. 206-323-5428. Noon- 9 p.m.
Linda Hodges Kenna Moser incorporates antique letters, flowers, and natural objects into beeswax to create engaging nature notebooks on wood, while David French's painted abstract wood sculptures recall natural forms. 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 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.
Martin-Zambito Rare figure drawings by Japanese-American modernist Kiyoshi Shimizu and Depression-era paintings by WPA artist Louis Wolchonok. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Metropolis: The Gallery Northwest illustrator Pat Moriarity's first solo show is a collection of album covers, posters, cartoons, paintings, and prints in the freak-show tradition of Crumb and Pekar. 318 Callow Ave. (Bremerton), 360-373-4709. Noon-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
National Parks Conservation Association "In Nature's Light," a collection of outdoor photographs by Keith Lazelle. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Nico Paintings by Ron Richardson. 619 Western, Suite 22, 206-229-4593, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and by appointment.
Priceless Works Two new solo shows: one from Terri Gibbs, a series of line drawings on vellum that embrace the gallery, and one from Kim Mahar, who practices postmodern, 3-D stained glass. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon- 6 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Retail Therapy Hans Proppe's photocollages randomly shot from video have a kind of noir mystery to them—each of the layered images (of political figures, movie scenes, etc.) is imprinted with subtitles that turn the images into little existential dramas. 905 E. Pike St., 206-324-4092. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun.
Solomon Fine Art Tom Gormally's encaustic paintings recall vaguely cellular forms. Also on display will be abstracted landscapes by Fred Holcomb, the "Wonder" and "Dream" series by Alex Mitchell, and kaleidoscopic chaos by Page Davis. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Vain "Hot Boys and Pouty Lips" offers paintings of a voyeuristic nature by Karl Fjelstrom. 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, and kicks off with "Possessed," 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 Avenue S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
William Traver In "Patterns Unrandomized," Sean Albert creates Mondrian-like pattern studies using colored glass tumblers and wooden shelves. 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.
Zeitgeist New paintings incorporating appropriated imagery by local artist Sarah Kavage. 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 holdings of these two keen-eyed 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 Australian artist Warren Langley installs "Breath" in the museum's reflecting pool: 100 illuminated polycarbonate tubes that will twist and bend in the wind. Dolls, fabric creations, and glass faces by local artist Marita Dingus all explore issues of identity. 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.
Museum of Northwest Art "600 Moons: Fifty Years of Philip McCracken's Art" presents a retrospective of the Northwest sculptor known for combining exquisite craftsmanship with a deep respect for the natural world. 121 South First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Royal B.C. Museum A huge touring exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts from the British Museum will make its only stop in the Pacific Northwest 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 recent SAM acquisition by South African artist William Kentridge, is a low-tech shadow parable; "The View From Here" offers selections of Pacific Northwest art from 1870 to 1940; "Modern in America" explores the interaction between photography and the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, Jasper Johns, and other 20th-century artists; and "Song, Story and Speech" is a multimedia installation exploring how oral tradition is a crucial part of Native Coast Salish culture. 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. Yep, sweaty guys in loincloths grappling with each other. 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 dialog on race. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon- 4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.