EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700.
(UN)COMMON OBJECTS: POP MUSIC'S SACRED STUFF
Madonna's bustier, Gene Simmons' dragon boots, and something skimpy once worn by Britney. This is why we have yard sales. Through Oct 20.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707
NORN: IN AND OUT OF TIME
Ancient Scandinavian myth seen through the long lens of three young artists: Astrid Larsen (with fire), Steffan Herrick (with prints and sculpture), and Erik Reime (with tattoos). Through July 14.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200
Local collectors Bill and Ruth True have a generous definition of a self-portrait; in a way, it's anything looked at by the artist. There's some great and seminal work here that you won't find at any local institution--Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters series, a Jim Campbell LED sculpture, a Gary Hill installation with a strobe light and a lot of grunting. We love the Trues. Open-ended run.
PARS and AHF
AHF is Amir Fallah, who created that lovely vomitous installation at the Independent Media Center a few months ago. His latest work is a collaboration with Pars, called .925. Opening reception Thurs May 9, 8-10 pm. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through June 9.
With glass and other materials, Salerno investigates the lies of products, and of homemaking. Opening reception Fri May 10, 7-10 pm. Bubba-Mavis Gallery, 1158 Eastlake Ave E, 405-3223.
The West Coast artists in this show lament that their creative energy gets co-opted into that pesky task of making a living. So do we all, folks, so do we all. Opening reception Fri May 10, 7-11 pm. Thinklab Gallery, 1932 Second Ave, 770-7800. Through May 31.
The absurdity of the marketed world we live in; shades of Beatkit. Opening reception Sat May 11, 7-11 pm. Independent Media Center Gallery, 1415 Third Ave, 262-0721. Through June 1.
Landscape paintings of those wide-open spaces. Winston Wächter fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through May 31.
See Stranger Suggests. Skip the first two artists; go straight to Masami Teraoka. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through May 31.
Three Tons refers quite literally to the amount of material shaped by the artist into large, prickly sculptural landscapes. In this case, it's three tons of nails. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Aug 16.
Black-and-white photographs in Chalkboard Portraits. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through May 30.
EDUARDO CALDER"N, JOHNINE MAJCHROWICZ
New silver gelatin prints from Calderón, and botanical paintings from Majchrowicz. 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through June 1.
KERRY STUART COPPIN
Photographs of the black community experience. FotoCircle Gallery, 562 First Ave, #300, 624-2645. Through June 1.
New paintings in Recent Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics. This gallery is about to close, so pay your respects. Cut Kulture Gallery, 2018 First Ave, 374-8753. Through May 31.
FIRST WAR OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
We are all waiting, waiting, waiting to see what great art arises out of post-9/11 minds. Here's a try, curated by Paul Davies and Samantha Scherer with their own work, plus Leslie Clague, Jack Daws, Jen Dixon, Jason Huff, Paul Metivier, Cathy McClure, Linda Peschong, John Seal, Steve Veatch, and Blair Wilson. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through May 26.
JEFF FISHER, SAMANTHA FISHER
Jeff's machines work on the model of using cast-off parts to make charmingly intricate machines that do... nothing much. From Samantha, paintings that look at modern life's inevitable pastiche of images. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through May 25.
* JOHN GRADE
What makes Grade so good is that he's as interested in decay and its possibilities as he is in immortality, which gives his work human scale and duration as well as the chill of death. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through June 1.
* WENDY HANSON, YUN-FEI JI
In his first solo exhibition, New York artist Yun-Fei Ji (whose work is in this year's Whitney Biennial) shows two series of ink-on-rice-paper drawings. Hanson quite literally reflects on vanity with life-sized Mylar silhouettes. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through June 1.
CHRISTOPHER HARRIS, JOHN LYSAK
Harris' light-mediated abstraction looks a lot like another Harris' light-mediated abstraction (William take note), except that these are prints taken from a pinhole camera. With figurative monotypes and lithographs from Lysak. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through June 1.
HIMALAYAN FACES: A REFLECTION OF ENDURANCE
Photography and rugs. Fugio, 1507 Belmont Ave, 322-6677. Through May 31.
IT AIN'T THE SIZE THAT COUNTS
An exhibition of itty-bitty paintings by gallery artists, including new discovery Mark O'Malley. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through June 1.
ROBERT C. JONES, ROBERT McNOWN
New paintings and other works on paper. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through June 2.
New paintings, abstract and colorful. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through June 5.
ROB LARSON, TOOTS ZYNSKY
In Ephemera, Larson's first solo show, the artist modifies society's detritus into telling artifacts. With new glasswork from Zynsky. Elliott Brown Gallery, 215 Westlake Ave N, 340-8000. Through June 1.
NORTHWEST CONCRETE AND VISUAL POETRY EXHIBITION
Text as art, in this case very, very heavy art. With an audio presentation of great 20th-century sound poets. Reception with the Typing Explosion, Climax Golden Twins, and others on Fri May 10, 7:30 pm, $5. OSEAO Gallery, 14th and Pike above the American Artificial Limb Co.; for information call 725-1650. Through May 29.
Sculptures made of wood saved from demolished East L.A. homes in Nature's Hand. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through June 1.
BRIAN J. PIKE
A most modest exhibition, entitled Some Stuff. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through May 19.
RECENT IN ORIGIN: A VISUAL ANTHEM FOR THE WET FRONTIER
Work for wet beings by Mary Gross, Meghan Trainor, Chris Putnam, Joseph Dierker, and Ben Beres. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through May 24.
Rockefeller appears to have never met a medium she didn't like: work in photography, sewing, found items. The Little Theatre Gallery, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through June 1.
New prints and paintings in Kustom Kollage. Kuhlman Clothing, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through May 22.
TANIS MARIA S'EILTIN
A multimedia installation entitled Resulting Acts of Distillation. Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Daybreak Star Arts Center, Discovery Park, 285-4425. Through May 17.
A group show on interiors. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through June 1.
A lot of glass artists try to imitate Tagliapietra's sexy, singing, curvaceous work. Few succeed. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, #200, 587-6501. Through June 30.
New paintings. Ace Studios Gallery, 619 Western Ave, 3rd floor, 623-1288. Through May 31.
VISTAS DEL AMOR
Work by local Latino artists on the subject of love. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030. Through May 28.
* NICOLA VRUWINK
The lonely objects of the disco era. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through May 18.
* DARREN WATERSTON
I've been slow to warm to Waterston's paintings of flowers drifting through sublime spaces; but the more I look at them, the more I like them. They have a brave vastness about them, and tilt successfully toward something (dare I say) spiritual, if only because they don't try to, or claim to. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through June 1.
MAUREEN WHITING and ROBERT CAMPBELL
Choreographer Whiting and video artist Campbell collaborate on an installation called and there was concrete skin for your face. Screening of Campbell's A Clear Day and No Memories Fri May 10 at 8 pm. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through May 31.
Prints from this 19th-century master, with lots of drunken deities and slightly shady goings-on. Also, intensely beautiful. Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints, 314 Occidental Ave S, 621-1888. Through May 31.
It's art, it's one weekend, and it's not Capitol Hill. Fri May 10, 6-9:30 pm and Sat May 11 noon-5 pm. Greenwood Ave between 65th and 87th streets; for information call 684-4096.
Come see Sand Point's Building 18, future home of artist studios and exhibition space. It ain't that far away, people! Sat May 11, 1-5 pm, in Sand Point/Magnuson Park.