OPENING EXHIBITIONS


* JEANNE DUNNING

With photographs of people magnifying their own bellybuttons, Dunning asks questions metaphysical ("What is this connection, now severed?"), absurd ("What do I see when I gaze into my navel?"), and practical ("What the hell is this thing?"). Opening reception Thurs May 23, 6-8 pm. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through June 6.


* JASON MOUER

Here's someone who's found something to do with all those old telephone books. Opening reception Fri May 24, 6-10 pm. Bubba-Mavis Gallery, 1158 Eastlake Ave E, 405-3223.


CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS


BETSY BEST-SPADARO

Linocuts on Fun and Games. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through May 31.


BEYOND BOUNDARIES

Skip the first two artists; go straight to Masami Teraoka. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through May 31.


JOHN BISBEE

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.


JONATHAN BLUM, KATE WOLF

Animal portraits from Blum, altered Polaroids from Wolf. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through May 31.


JEFFREY BRAVERMAN

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. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through June 1.


JD DAVIS

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.


* DRAW

It sounds like a command, doesn't it? With work by Mark Ryden, Charles Burns, Blair Wilson, and others. Roq la Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through June 7.


DANA ELVIDGE, KAITLYN ELVIDGE, L. E. PAULSON

Three Friends, Two Generations. Artists' Gallery of Seattle, 902 First Ave S, 340-0830. Through May 31.


GARY FAGIN

New still lifes--still, indeed, and atmospheric. Woodside/Braseth, 1533 Ninth Ave, 622-7243. Through June 4.


FIRST WAR OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM

We are all waiting, waiting, waiting to see what great art arises out of post-9/11 minds. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through May 26.


* 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 abstract works 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.


* BLAKE HAYGOOD

At the risk of repeating myself: Haygood's prints of fantastic, useless machines are superb. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through June 12.


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.


CASEY KEELER

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.


MARC LAWRENCE, KEITH TABELLIONE

Two artists look at the signs, symbols, and clutter that surround us. Li'l Red Shack Gallery, 1028 First Ave S, 621-7807. Through June 30.


STEPHEN McMILLAN

Eerie aquatints. Fine Impressions Gallery, 8300 Fifth Ave NE, 784-5270. Through May 31.


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. OSEAO Gallery, 14th & Pike above the American Artificial Limb Co.; for information call 725-1650. Through May 29.


MINORU OHIRA

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.


OUT OF THE FRAME

Nontraditional photography, mixing suggestively with other media. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson St, Suite 200, 587-4033. Through June 15.


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. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through June 9.


JUSTIN RENNEY

Photos of Your Favorite Bands. Victrola Coffee & Art, 411 15th Ave E, 325-6520. Through May 31.


* AMY REUFFERT

Glass work based on Reuffert's obsession with some patterned bedsheets from the 1970s. She never simply makes objects; she looks backward at nostalgia and the retro fetishes. Vetri, 1404 First Ave, 667-9608. Through June 16.


AIRYKA ROCKEFELLER

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.


* MICHAEL SCHULTHEIS

Math and randomness and sneaky patterns. Still Life in Fremont Coffeehouse, 709 N 35th St, 547-9850. Through June 16.


SIDETRACKED

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. Thinklab Gallery, 1932 Second Ave, 770-7800. Through May 31.


SCOTT SZLOCH

He's a blacksmith. FeCuSi Gallery, 2036 NW Market St, 706-4011. Through June 4.


LINO TAGLIAPIETRA

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.


ALEX TOUSSAINT-PERREAULT

New paintings. Ace Studios Gallery, 619 Western Ave, third 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.


WANTBUYHAVE

The absurdity of the marketed world we live in; shades of Beatkit. Independent Media Center Gallery, 1415 Third Ave, 262-0721. Through June 1.


* 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. With a screening of Campbell's A Clear Day and No Memories Fri May 24 at 8 pm. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through May 31.


YOSHITOSHI

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.


BRIDGET YOUNG

A window installation about regenerative female energy. Vitaminarific! Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through July 29.


EVENTS


"IT'S GETTING THERE" and "PLAY NICE"

Two new digital works by excellent local artists/filmmakers Franklin Joyce, Sandy Cioffi, and Joy Worthen with Eastside teenagers. Opening reception Thurs May 23, 5:30-7:30 pm. Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.


* ON MY SOAPBOX

See Stranger Suggests. Tues May 28, 7 pm. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, $6.


THE PLASTIC OR PAPER FASHION SHOW

It's the question that has haunted designers and bag boys for years. Come see. Sat May 25, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, party 9:30 pm, Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475, $10 for fashion, high society, drinks, and more.

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