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Lecture: Joseph Park The artist, who currently has shows at both the Frye and Howard House, discusses his thoroughly irresistible, cartoony, cinematic paintings. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. Free tickets available at the front desk (after 6 p.m.). 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 24.
Friday Group Critique Artists of all levels, you are invited to bring your art to be critiqued by a group of people who have brought in their art to be critiqued by you. Discussion led by SAFA instructor Michael Magrath. Seattle Academy of Fine Art, 1501 10th Ave. E., 206-526-2787. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 25.
911 Media Arts John Feodorov, who as a child was told that the lava bed down the road was actually the coagulated blood of a slain giant, brings mythological imagination to bear on office cubicles and other disenchanted contemporary places in the installation "Four Sacred Spaces." Opens Sat. Feb. 26. 402 Ninth Ave., 206-682-6552. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Davidson Take off your shoes and walk on Jill Weinstock's squishy, rubber-encased nylon stockings while checking out the oil paintings of Sally Cleveland, who is drawn to scenes of cows standing around as well as to poetic urban details like the sky reflected in a stream of water running down an alley. Looks a lot like she works directly from photos. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Opens Fri. Feb. 25. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Henry Art Gallery As laterally mobile curator Robin Held's first show has gone up at the Frye, her last is opening across town at the Henry: "Celebrity Skin" pairs photos of famous 19th-century French people with Alice Wheeler's photos of Nirvana, which are startlingly immediate enough to penetrate any jadedness you think you might have for the overexposed Cobain and company. Opens Fri., Feb. 25. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thurs.
Art Institute of Seattle Gallery Joey Robinson's 27 stark, roughly sketched portraits of black maids are accompanied by stories of their struggles during the civil-rights movement. 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat. Closes Thurs. Feb. 24.
Ballard/Fetherston Gary Komarin's big, splashy paintings of everything from noodly abstraction to birthday cakes seem naive and childlike at first glance, but there's something formal and calculated about the composition of these ham-fisted, likable paintings. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closes Tues. March 1.
Bluebottle I have to confess a big weakness for Kamala Dolphin-Kinglsey's lush paintings inspired by tattoo art and stained glass. Her new work, "Somnium" is stocked with a peaceable kingdom of pets, wild creatures, nuns, saints, 1930s Chinese film stars, and mythological figures—all entwined in tentacles of foliage. Sure, a lot of her stuff is dreamy and puppy sweet, but sometimes you need a break from all the angst and irony. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Closes Sun. Feb. 27.
Bryan Ohno Candy-colored, Op Art–inspired paintings and sculptural columns by UW art professor Francis Celentano. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
Cornish College Gallery "Record," a group show by Cornish alums, examines how an event or image is always modified in the retelling. It's a hit-or-miss show: Neal Bashor's intentional artlessness is starting to get old, and both surreal videos by Michelle Sciumbato and David Herbert are clever but don't quite work. More effective are Rhonda Dee Pritchett's still shots of death and transfiguration from a family video, Rich Lehl's strange little cartoons, and Dennis Raine's hilariously banal word-paintings. First Floor, 100 Lenora St., 206-726-5011. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Closes Thurs. Feb. 24.
Davidson "Visage" consists of assorted figurative prints and etchings by Julie Gaskill, Jack Coughlin, Barry Moser, and others. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
Gallery 4 Culture Peter Mundwiler's dull and unfunny "Epics of Wallingford" tries to poke fun at the gentrified neighborhood, but the haphazard collection of potted native evergreens, a Bigfoot en homage to Harry and the Hendersons, and a stupid video add up to nothing much. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Closes Fri. Feb. 25.
Gallery 110 Thick brush strokes and expressionist influences from Diebenkorn to Cezanne in these run-of-the-mill figurative painting by two locals: Karen Kosoglad and Pamela Mills. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
Garde Rail The fact that Seattle artist Greg Blackstock is autistic is both completely irrelevant and totally integral to his art. Blackstock, who spent 25 years working as a pot washer for the Washington Athletic Club, creates sly drawings that catalog everything under the sun. Each generally monochrome work is filled with berries, hand saws, speedboats, fighter planes, freight cars, terriers, Monsters of the Deep, things that make noise, and police vans, just to name a few. The captions, with their deadpan style, are absolutely brilliant, and there's something wonderful about the way Blackstock crams all sorts of stuff into his pictures, like an anthropologist or a modern-day Audubon. As much as he's a talented artist in his own right, there's no denying that autism is an intricate part of these compulsive, fanatically detailed pictures. 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Closes Fri. Feb. 25.
Greg Kucera In her second solo show at Kucera, Katy Stone displays new, three- dimensional works incorporating strips of painted Mylar that cascade and flow with showers of exuberant color. Many of the works are derived from nature, while others imply blood, oil, or copious tears. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
Highline Community College Paintings inspired by the civil-rights movement, African-American culture, and a childhood in Alabama by local artist Donald C. Leonard. Fourth Floor, Building 245, 240th St. (Des Moines), 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 2-5 p.m. Sun. Closes Mon. Feb. 28.
James Harris Hawaii-based artist Tom Baldwin creates nominally realist little images electronically, and then engages in an e-mail give-and-take, transforming the pictures in collaboration with Vienna artist Gilbert Bretterbrauer. The resulting images, framed in circular compositions, are reduced to nearly abstract studies of shape and color, with occasional repeated motifs. Like maps, the pieces imply layers of information, yet they represent nothing but playfulness in form. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
Linda Hodges Contemporary, spiritual twists on the still life by Vancouver B.C.–based artist Karen Yurkovich. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
Lisa Harris Mitchell Albala's wispy paintings are inspired by the Alaskan wilderness of Yakutat Bay. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
Phinney Center "Reconstruction & Fabrication," intriguing acrylics by Diem Chau of his memories. 6532 Phinney Ave., 206-783-2244. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Closes Fri. Feb. 25.
Photographic Center Northwest Intimate photos by Jerusalem native Elinor Carucci. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Closes Sun. Feb. 27.
Roq La Rue Kustom Kulture is one of those bizarre hybrids that happen when Japanese enthusiasts become completely obsessed with one aspect of Western culture—in this case good ol' American hot-rods. The Roq will show work by six artists (all with names like Mr. G, Rockin' Jellybean, and Sugisack). Expect lots of Funny Car paintings, pinstriped maneki neko dolls, and a mess of other nitro-burnin', low-ridin', skulls-and-eagles badass happy fun goodness. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Closes Sun. Feb. 27.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery A collection of recent work by UW MFA alums, including Jaq Chartier, Claire Cowie, Deborah Mersky, and Mary Ann Peters. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
SOIL "Abstraction Obstruction," a collection of work by 18 artists, curated by Jeff Burgurt. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Closes Sun. Feb. 27.
Vain Cut Kulture United, an urban design/art collective, stages "Blow Up the Spot," featuring Nhon Nguyen's very cool Sumi-inspired break-dance paintings, cut-vinyl designs by George Estrada and Vittorio Costarelli, and Dave Ho's assemblages from destroyed skateboards. 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. Closes Sat. Feb. 26.
William Traver Kevin Quinn's stark abstract paintings on steel are nice, I guess, but there's not much more than decoration going on here. They should sell fancy leather couches to go with them. 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. Closes Mon. Feb. 28.
10 Dravus Kim David Hall's "Biospace Particulates," a show of hand-formed polymer sculptures said to be "a journey from cellular topography to deep space." 10 Dravus St. (Gulassa & Co.), 206-283-1810. Noon- 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Artemis Painter Matthew Porter (who co-owns the Bluebottle gallery on Capitol Hill) serves up more of his odd-cute paintings of gigantic cats eating Seattle (one too many double-shorts, perhaps?), and monkeys, monkeys, and more monkeys. Who doesn't love monkeys? 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ArtsWest "Three Women" who share a studio: Maxine Mattson-Lawrence (encaustics), Marianne Perkins (acrylics), and Nancy Bogni (watercolors). 4711 California Ave. S.W. (West Seattle), 206- 938-0963. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CoCA "People Doing Strange Things With Electricity," a collection of electric-powered visual art, robots, and other stuff Edison never imagined by Iole Alessandrini, Ginny Ruffner, W. Scott Trimble, Ellen Ziegler, and others. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Consolidated Works "Ergonomicon," a carnivallike array of work on the theme of bodies and environments, including Jealous Poché's video projections that put the viewer in the picture, Alex Schweder's fully plumbed and operational "Peescapes," and Sami Bin Larbi's "Sur Place," which aims to destabilize your perception with mirrors, video cameras, and a pair of adjoining stalls. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245. 4-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
G. Gibson Gail Gibson's gallery returns to Pioneer Square, taking up residence in the Tashiro-Kaplan building alongside Garde Rail, SOIL, and Forgotten Works. The housewarming show features gallery favorites Larry Calkins, Mona Kuhn, Lori Nix, and others. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Greg Kucera Gregory Kucera—not the gallery owner but the L.A.-based conceptual and video artist of the same name—does an assortment of stuff, including deadpan videos, digitally created stripe paintings, and sculpture that "inverts" space. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House Joseph Park shows new work (he also has a solo show at the Frye). The Seattle artist's slick paintings have the precision and drama of animation stills and each combines influences from film, manga, and possibly even Edward Hopper. He'll also show a series of road signs funded by Seattle's 1 Percent for Art Fund. On display as well: spare but luminous abstractions on vinyl by Monique van Genderen. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jeffrey Moose African-American art legend Al Loving has been making his way in the art world since the 1960s, and not long ago he completed a huge mosaic in a Brooklyn subway station. Here he shows a series of color-saturated acrylic/rag paper collages. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon- 5 p.m. Sat.
Kittredge Gallery New work by Seattle painter Alfredo Arreguín, who does amazing, mystic abstract and figurative work in rich stained-glass colors; plus, Phil Roach's voyeuristic peephole installations hiding little dioramas of domestic interiors. University of Puget Sound campus, 1500 N. Lawrence St. (Tacoma), 253-879-2806. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 1-4 p.m. Sat.
Platform Scott Fife's new solo show, "I Am What I Am," collects more of his extraordinary sculptures and massive busts made from layered, carved, and painted cardboard. If his recent exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum was any indication of things to come, this should be a great show. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
SCCC M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery "The Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters" brings together the work of five talented quilt artists. 801 E. Pine St. (Seattle Central Community College near cafeteria), 206-344-4379. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5-7 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.
Solomon Fine Art In "Small Tales," Ellen Garvens, Chris St. Pierre, Nik Tongas, Peter Stanfield, and Linda Welker showcase small paintings, photographs, wall sculptures, and charcoal drawings. Also on display: Fred Holcomb's bright abstract paintings. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Suyama Space Roger Feldman's architectural sculptures are designed to be unsettling—literally. The three installations, each about the size of Thoreau's cabin, are built simply from 2-by-4s and other framing materials, and are meant to be experienced. So take off your shoes and enter. Each structure is made to rock and teeter. One is constructed with an Escher-like zigzag of parallelograms, and it takes random and disturbing lurches as you walk about the room. The most memorable of the three pieces is sealed off in sensory-deprivation blackness. I won't spoil the surprise of experiencing it for yourself, but like the best of James Turrell and Carsten Holler, it's a work that blows the doors of perception off its hinges and asks us to question our place in space. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Winston Wächter Toronto artist Tony Scherman's broadly brushed figurative works of mysterious women and birds have a ready-made decay to them. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Frye Art Museum In Robin Held's first exhibition since taking over as curator at the Frye, Seattle artist Joseph Park gets a solo show, "Moon Beam Caress." The precise paintings draw upon Japanese animation and film to create an alternative noir world peopled with angst-ridden cartoon creatures. Park also has work currently on display at Howard House. 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.
Museum of Glass Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre create glass wall sculptures with contemporary twists on Mexican folk art. 1801 E. 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 "Northwest Matriarchs of Modernism" showcases work by a dozen artists working between 1940 and 1970, including figurative painter Viola Patterson, abstract painter Mary Henry, and sculptor Hilda Morris. 121 S. First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Nordic Heritage Museum "Mirror on Wood" is a fantastic journey through 100 years of Finnish woodcut prints, from angst-ridden symbolism to serene rural landscape. 104 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Africa in America" provides a varied and complex exploration of slavery, displacement, and ethnic culture as portrayed in African- American art of the late 20th century. James W. Washington Jr.'s bird sculptures are intensely spiritual, while Kara Walker's disturbing silhouette, I'll Be a Monkey's Uncle, transforms stereotypes into highly personal symbols of anger. Oliver Jackson's huge, furious volcano of a painting can be seen as both an explosion of fury and a transcendent creative frenzy. The centerpiece of the show is Marita Dingus's powerful collection of small fabric torsos, 400 Men of African Descent, inspired by the slave forts of Ghana. 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 "Mountain Dreams" collects ceramics incised with Buddhist text by Korean artist Yoon Kwang-cho. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.