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.
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.
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.
Tatiana Garmendia: The Garden of Joys: Intimate, delicate, and erotic mixed media drawings in two- and three-dimensional forms. Free.
Laura Castellanos: Borrowed Tribe: The artist whose graphically bold work in painting has appeared across the city goes 3D with a large exhibition of handmade dolls. Free.
Dawn Cerny: Boys, Jokes and Things: Small, largely nonrepresentational multimedia sculptures by the always-fascinating Seattle-based artist. Free.
Frequency: A performative collaboration between two artists. In the gallery space, one artist, Devon Hale, will broadcast 40 hours of her ideas over the radio, while for 7 days a second artist, Julia Heineccius, will binge-watch TED talks while "knotting continuous strands of pearls." Free.
Lamps Meninas: Always wry Seattle artist Jenny Zwick this time offers an interpretation of Velazquez's classic painting Las Meninas using entirely light fixtures for the characters. It's happening in the spot where Chutney's used to be, which is now part of the Storefronts Seattle program. Free.
A Sense of Place II: Following up on the group show at IDEA Odyssey in the International District, here's the next iteration exploring ideas of home, belonging, cultural identity, and regionalism, curated by Juan Alonso. Free.
Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza: Forty artists and jewelers have created pieces and things that are small. Small enough to buy and give as gifts. The event will happen in parallel at Ghost Gallery on Denny, and at All City Coffee in Georgetown. Free.
Ceci N’est Pas une Pipe: Northwest Flameworking on the Brink of Legalization: A survey of flameworking, that stepchild of glass art, on the occasion of marijuana’s coming-out party. Where else can you see a glass pipe shaped like a submachine gun? Free.
//SIGHTLINES: Five outstanding Seattle artists—Thuy-Van Vu, Iole Alessandrini, (Stranger Genius Award winner) Rodrigo Valenzuela, Whiting Tennis, and Allyce Wood—respond to the recent BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR exhibition at the Frye, focusing on the buildup of stuff. Rubble, garbage, pieces of things that no longer are what they were once made to... more » Free.
Martin Schoeller: Close Up: Whether Schoeller is shooting celebrities or unknowns, he crops their faces tightly and gets so close it's almost uncomfortable. Often, their eyeballs shine. Here are 48 of his large portraits, previously seen in magazines and books. $15.
Sanctum: For this installation you don't even need to go indoors. Six surveillance cameras capture you as you walk by the museum. If you get within 12 feet (as you are warned by signs), you'll be profiled—sensors will scan the "landmarks" of your face, as the artists Juan Pampin and James Coupe describe them, and you'll appear on the video screens... more » Free.