Winston Wächter Fine Art South Lake Union
March 14–April 25, Mondays–Saturdays
Recommended by Emily Pothast
Seven years ago this spring, an earthquake off the coast of Japan led to the release of radioactive material from a nuclear power in Fukushima. Ever since, world renowned glass artist Etsuko Ichikawa has been thinking about the artifacts left by her Japanese ancestors in terms of the impact of contemporary human civilization on our environment. For her new video Vitrified, she has created a series of glass orbs that contain traces of uranium and give off a haunting green glow and placed them in lush and pristine natural environments. This exhibition also contains glass objects and some of Ichikawa's signature pyrographs—drawings made by tracing hot glass along a piece of paper like scorched calligraphy.