Brandon Aleson and Adam Primack: Thermal Dynamics: A show that uses audio, video, and "heat" to explore concepts of digestion, asking "what does it mean to eat something?" Probably won't be as gross as it sounds, but maybe. The artists will explain themselves Fri Aug 1 at 7 pm. Free.
Cascade: Installation by Ian McMahon: Two enormous theater curtains of cast plaster, extending "from floor to ceiling, stand poised facing each other." A staging of the dramatic nature of architecture that will come crashing to the floor at the end of the exhibition. Free.
Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything: A survey of art from the Canadian novelist and visual artist who has flourished in the internet age. One piece, titled Slogans for the 21st Century, is a black text on a yellow background that reads, "I MISS MY PRE-INTERNET BRAIN." Another is a roomful of brightly colored, knolled readymades. The museum is also commissioning a site-specific piece called Gumhead, described as "a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, s... more » $20.
Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller: A survey of these married Canadian collaborators, who've worked in video, audio, and new-media installation. Their immersive pieces have been seen in Canada and around the world since the early '90s. Free.
Chocolate: The Exhibition: Spend the summer with chocolate in this exhibition developed by the world-famous Field Museum in Chicago. Special events are sprinkled throughout, including chocolate-making classes and a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. $14.
Occidental Park Summer Art Happenings: The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents a series of installations and performances in the park from June through September, including Dylan Neuwirth's series of glowing neon tweets, Just Be Your Selfie, as well as another #selfie-themed installation called No I in Self by Martyr Sauce's Tariqa Waters. Also in the park, Sam Trout will tape designs on light poles, Annie Penta will create flower mandalas on first Thursdays, and various weekday afternoons... more » Free.
Seven Cubes with Color Ink Washes Superimposed: Seven years after his death, Sol LeWitt's wall drawing owned by SAM has been resurrected in a temporary installation inside the pavilion at the sculpture park. LeWitt stipulated that wall drawings could be transferred to new locations as long as the proportions remained the same. But if the proportions were maintained, seven cubes would not fit on the pavilion wall, so the estate decided to stretch the visual translation of the word "cubes" by stre... more » Free.
Sanctum: For this installation, you don't 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 in the windows. Text taken from volunteers' Facebook posts (anyone can sign up to donate their status updates) will appear as a story on your image. You'l... more » Free.
Black Forest is a site-specific installation located inside Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, covering more than an acre of forest with 80,000 pounds of biochar (carbon from farm hardwood trees that is strikingly black in appearance). It's the product of nearly two years of labor from Seattle-based land artist Hans Baumann. Presented by 4Culture. Directions to the trailhead at sitespecificarts.org/project/blackforest. It's also fading fast, becoming part of its environment. Free.