Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: A group show of art inspired by the characters and landscapes of literature. With more than 40 artists reimagining the creations of authors from Edgar Allan Poe to Michael Crichton. The opening includes free Jameson's and free Rachel's Ginger Beer! Free.
Janelle Abbott: The Bread of Presence: This recent graduate from Parsons claims the following among her creative practices: "garment design and construction with a focus on the 'zero waste' methodology, drawing, painting, dancing, dumpster diving, and the utilization of discarded materials." Free.
Sue Danielson: A solo show from the Seattle painter who previously contributed to this gallery’s group show Water. Free.
Wild Boys: Bacchic queer culture photography. Free.
Animal Kingdom: A group show featuring funky pictures of all your favorite animals, especially in the work of Jesse Link, in a career he began while serving in Iraq and continued while helping rebuild New Orleans after the hurricane. Free.
Brian Lane: The Distance is Near: Color-fieldish-looking photos that make macro-perception of their subject their subject (a sampling was also exhibited recently at Rare Medium). Free.
Short Run: The group show. Free.
Drawn from the Olympics: Installation by Stephen Nguyen and Wade Kavanaugh: Nguyen and Kavanaugh wrestle and twist sheets of paper into fully-immersive gallery installations. They are dramatic, arresting, and probably smell good. A few years ago, Kavanaugh created a sculptural remake of the Denny Regrade at Suyama, and talked about a previous insta... more » Free.
A multimedia, multi-artist installation centered around the theme of weather and water cycles. One of the pieces in the show, "Space Weather Listening Booth," is a 50-minute-long immersive performance that involves live musicians improvising along with an audio installation. It occurs on Dec 6 at 8 pm (to which audience members are encouraged to br... more » Free, $5 suggested for performance.
Iceland: Hvitt Dagar/White Days: Stark and simple, landscape photography and paintings of the tiny island nation. Free.
Correlate: Seven artists correlating, including Eric Eley, Debra Baxter, and Adam Ekberg. Eley works in installations that highlight the curvature of line through space, sometimes recalling the fragmented wire-sculpture aesthetic of a 3D graphing engine. Ekberg's photography is perhaps more cheerful, or at least more likely to include a pineapple o... more » Free.
Sofie Knijff: Translations: How should a fine artist picture a child? It's a question that's come up in every era. Knijff takes formally posed photographic portraits of children all over the world, offering her own answers. The children live in South Africa, India, Mali, and Brazil, among other places. Knijff lives in Amsterdam. Free.
Art students show their work. Free.
Kou Kitago: Ceramics works from Tacoma Community College’s artist-in-residence. Free.
Memento Mori: Kevin Wilson and Marne Cohen-Vance. Wilson paints sinking ships, and Cohen-Vance is interested in the idea that "human beings are made of meat." Free.
Holly Andres: The Homecoming: Tableaux photography that portrays an eerie, heightened suburban reality. Trivia: Andres recently shot the feature on the health-nuttery of Mariel Hemingway and her Soloflex boyfriend for the New York Times Magazine. Free.
Heather Hart: Oracular Rooftops: Mixed media and gallery work by the artist whose outdoor installation, The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, spent the summer embedded in a hillside at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Free.
Interstitial Theatre's Juried Show: The three hardworking curators of this cavernous building temporarily devoted to new media have chosen a group of space-based pieces (read: not just videos on monitors) for a big group exhibition. Free.
Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom: Thirty international artists created posters that call for democratic and human rights reforms in Russia. Free.
Tatiana Garmendia: The Garden of Joys: Intimate, delicate, and erotic mixed media drawings in two- and three-dimensional forms. Free.
Andy Mattern: Absent Vessel: Photographic images of crushed polystyrene cups, created not with the use of a camera, but with a different imaging contrivance that yields infinitely more unusual results: pressing the subject directly against the photographic paper while in a dark room. Sort of like a ghostly cross between an X-ray and a Xerox copy. Free.
Holiday Small Works Sale: Small works, including Savina Mason's new graphic design-ish encaustics on boards. Free.
Spectral Menagerie: Joe Vollan and Megan Shore: Paintings of the afterworld of the animal kingdom. Like the kind of afterworld where cats wearing tweed outfits dance around burning pentagrams. Free.
Tracy Rocca, Christopher Boffoli: Rocca's super-blurry airbrushish paintings occasionally evoke out-of-focus landscapes, but more often are completely nonrepresentational color studies. This show opens precisely a year after Rocca lost paintings to Hurricane Sandy. Boffoli's photography depicts the tiniest of tiny people walking and bicycling and r... more » Free.
Fay Jones: New paintings by the beloved longtime Seattle artist, this time inspired by the films of great French director Jean Renoir, whose works include The Rules of the Game and Grand Illusion. Free.