CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (CoCA)
1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
JOHN FEODOROV, JEFF FISHER
Closing. CoCA's Octet 2 (the second in this eight-part series) purports to celebrate "humor, mythology, and kitsch" (?) with the help of Feodorov's playful works focused on religious longing, and Fisher's charmingly intricate machines of castoff parts. Through Oct 30.
500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218.
* BINOCULAR PARALLAX
Obscure new term du jour, binocular parallax is that phenomenon that occurs when the position of an object changes depending on which eye you have open. Here, it's invoked in service of investigating the similarities and differences between art in Seattle and art in Vancouver, BC. Through Nov 23.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
EXPERIMENTS IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY (E.A.T.)
Thirty-four years after its official inception, the Northwest chapter of Experiments in Art and Technology (or E.A.T., founded in New York by Billy Klüver, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman, and others), a group that provided artists with access to a variety of cutting-edge electronics, reunites for a historical retrospective. Featured are works from E.A.T. chapters across the country. Documentary and retrospective Fri Oct 25 at 8 pm and Sat Oct 26, 10-12:30 pm and 2:30-4 pm. Through Dec 1.
* SHORT STORIES
Elizabeth Jameson's splendorform; The Photographic Impulse, with works from the collection of Joseph and Elaine Monsen; and Meditation on a Painting by Diebenkorn, which contrasts the 1958 painting Untitled (View of the Ocean with Palm Tree) with contemporary works by five other artists. Through Nov 10.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
FRIDA KAHLO, DIEGO RIVERA, AND MEXICAN MODERNISM
From the revered collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman comes a celebration of over 20 preeminent early- to mid-century Mexican modernists; the exhibition includes several seldom-seen works by Kahlo. Through Jan 5.
* DO-HO SUH
Korean artist Suh understands the power of "a lot," understands how repetition gives a kind of dignity to modest things. He imbues his projects--a suit of armor made from thousands of dog tags, a floor held up by thousands of tiny figures, wallpaper made of thousands of faces cut out from his high school yearbook--with political feeling as well. (Emily Hall) Split between the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Through Dec 1.
VICTORIA HAVEN, SUSAN DORY
See Stranger Suggests. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Nov 30.
* BIG TIME
The final Vital 5 show before an open-ended hiatus, with Randy McCoy, Robert Hardgrave, Robert Adams, Greg Lukens, and Zach Corum converging for one last Pop Art blowout. Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through Oct 31.
Brubaker and his creepy wooden figurines stumble into Caligari country with The Somnambulists, in carved wood and acrylic. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Nov 2.
Final week. Nine visual artists from Seattle and nine writers from New York are paired in an experiment plotting a fanatical game of pen pal pursuit. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Oct 30.
* JASON D'AQUINO
Final week. D'Aquino uses hyper-enlargement tools to craft itty-bitty fairy-tale masterpieces of microscopic proportions--sort of like those little rice grains with your name written on them. Roq La Rue Gallery, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Oct 26.
DE M:XICO: OAXACA/SEATTLE
As with everything of Mexican origin, the print art of Oaxaca is naturally described as "rich with tradition." In correlation with SAM's Mexican Modernism exhibit, De México combines the art of this singular Mexican community with that of Seattle artists of Mexican descent. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 748-9282. Through Nov 9.
LANNY DeVUONO, GEORGE CHACONA
See review this issue. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Nov 2.
HALLOWEEN ART SHOW
Halloween: perfect place to examine our fears of security? Or dogpile for anything remotely morbid or macabre? This show appears to fall into the latter category--with gore galore. Cafe Venus, 609 Eastlake Ave E, 624-4516. Through Nov 1.
TERI LAFFAN & DON BUTLER
Mixed-media mythology and the noble craft of calligraphy. Runnings Family Gallery, ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963 ext. 107. Through Nov 9.
A prodigy of the camera by age six, Lartigue is responsible for many of the more familiar photographs of pre-WWI France, the reproductions of which comprise much of the home décor of stepmothers across the nation. On display are a series of original and signed prints by the French master. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson #200, 587-4033. Through Nov 2.
RANI LAIK, KIM MAHAR
"Environment changing" works in painting, metal art, and purposeful furniture compose Laik's The Ambient Architectural, complemented by Chihuly-instructed glass artist Mahar. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through Oct 31.
New works demonstrating Lundin's cold, largely monochromatic palette--evoking skillfully the singularly Northwestern light of winter. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Nov 3.
A contemporary of Morris Graves and Mark Tobey, Martin paints his accessibly absurd narratives in gouache on paper, or paper bag. Foster/White Gallery, 126 Central Way, Kirkland, 425-622-2833. Through Nov 10.
* MATT McCARTHY
A bed of matted text--dissected, entangled, and reconfigured beyond recognition--becomes merely another visual component of the arresting, simplistic line drawings that make up McCarthy's Lexicon. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Nov 1.
Guns and bunnies, guns and calligraphy, guns and more guns. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson, 583-0497. Through Nov 6.
A random assortment of fiends and beasties assembled for a playful exhibition, with works by Sara Lanzillota, Kevin Niereiter, Marion Peck, and Sean Hurley. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 343-9653. Through Nov 23.
Pop culture and other fleeting sensations, captured in painting. Kuhlman, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through Nov 3. Also, Fall Out Records, 1506 E. Olive Way, 323-2662.
* ANTJUAN ODEN, BOOTSY HOLLER
Pink and Brown (the show, not the band) represents the work of Seattle's most dangerous or misunderstood artist (depending on who you ask), Antjuan Oden; a series of "Tar Baby doll" sculptures (brown) contrasts with Holler's rose prints and paintings (pink). 619 Western Ave, fourth floor, Through Nov 3.
Sepia landscapes in acrylic. Fotos and Frocks, 780 N 73rd St, 285-9377. Through Oct 31.
* MELANIE RENECKER
Final week. A beloved former Stranger luminary centers on the downtrodden, the obstinate, and those participants in the "homeless for a summer" suburban outreach program in Squats: Shelter for the Unwanted. Rose Club, 3165 McClellan Ave S, 725-3654. Through Oct 30.
A handful of lofty concepts that seem to relate to the popular question of technology and modern living space. Fisher Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E Roy St, 726-5142. Through Nov 2.
REVISITING SEPTEMBER 11, 19
A collage of radio broadcasts from September 11 of last year connected to images from 29 years prior, speaking, presumably, to some historical universality. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Nov 29.
Straining visual perception and physics, Rezac's mathematical sculptures are a practice of tension--in material, in form, and in stability. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Nov 2.
* SCATTERED, SMOTHERED & COVERED
An IHOP-inspired collection of works by 25 American artists from all stretches of the country. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through Nov 30.
* MICHAEL SCHULTHEIS
Arithmetic never looked so damn pretty. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Nov 9.
SEATTLE COLLECTS 2002
This year's inductees into the city's portable works collection include Leo Saul Berk, Phillip Roach, Charlotte Meyer, Cathy Fields, Catherine Grisez, and Jason Morgan. City Space, 701 Fifth Ave, third floor, 749-9525. Through Dec 31.
ANNE HAYDEN STEVENS
911 lends its streetside windows to the other 9/11. 911 Media Art Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Nov 2.
* GREG STUMP
Urban Hipster illustrator and occasional Stranger contributor Stump presents a collection of his clean-lined, comedic illustrations. Glo's, 1621 E Olive Way, 783-3426. Through Dec 8.
* JOHN SUTTON, BEN BERES, ZAC CULLER
"Sutton, Beres, and Culler have built four plywood structures that invoke a small, pre-fab house in negative space. Like previous installations, they are not instinctively easy to penetrate: The insides can only be broached through rather narrow openings on each side. The show suggests questions not only about claustrophobia and movement, but also free will and knowingly participating in being manipulated." (Emily Hall) Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Dec 6.
Teens challenging social perceptions, or something. As curated by the altogether dependable Cathy McClure. Triangle Gallery, Downtown YMCA, 909 Fourth Ave, 382-5044. Through Nov 12.
Featuring the works of Jana Brevik, Lauren Holloway, Susanne Pugh, and Leslie Teich (among others), the independent design collective known as Damsel exploits Seattle's waistline fetish with an exhibition of the clasps and hooks that keep our pants up. Damsel Collective, 2222 Second Ave S, Suite 100, 374-8669.
One night only. One of the more compelling local entrants in Bellevue Art Museum's long-running Trespassing exhibition, Burden discusses the installation, and his outlook on the present and future of architecture as art form. Thurs Oct 24 at 7 pm. University of Washington, Kane Hall, room 110, $7.