CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (CoCA)
1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.

* TATIANA GARMENDIA, PATTE LOPER

Final week. The fourth and final installment of CoCA's Octet series features the photo-realistic internal explorations of Garmendia's medicinally inspired works of graphite and metal leaf on paper, with paintings by Loper. Through Nov 27.

EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700.

DISCO: A DECADE OF SATURDAY NIGHTS

A movement completely devoid of artistic relevance? Perhaps--but think of all that Danskin! Featuring one of those white Travolta suits, but (by reports) a conspicuous absence of white lines. Through May 26.

HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.

* OUT OF SITE

It seems peculiar-funny to give a name ("fictional architecture") to something artists have always, in some manner, done. That is, exploring space and the things that dwell within it. But it does reflect the particular convergence of architecture and art, and the way the artist's imagination itself has become a kind of public space. This show, which traveled here from the New Museum in New York, includes work by the phenomenally and quietly weird Aziz + Cucher (who create computer-generated rooms lined with human skin), with Adam Ross, Victoria Haven (yay!), Shirley Tse, and others. Through Feb 2.

MUSEUM OF GLASS
1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 396-1768.

* DEBORAH OROPALLO

Everyday objects discover their abstract and decorative qualities through Oropallo's screen-printed canvases, which use multiple images of familiar forms. Through Feb 2.OPENING EXHIBITIONS


LUCIENE BLOCH, DAVID FOKOS

The shadow cast by Salma Hayek's upper lip lingers over our city like a specter, this time in the form of Bloch's Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera documentary photographs. Also featuring Fokos' time-lapse photographs. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Jan 4.

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS


MERIMA ADEE, JEANNIE SMITHERMAN

Smitherman's multifaceted works of ceramics, metal, papier-mché, and acrylics, alongside Postcards from Home, a debut by Bosnia & Herzegovina import Adee. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Dec 5.

LILLIAN ANDRICH, GEORGE CARDI, MATTHEW DURHAM, JOAN LOEKEN

Click is a potluck of works by photographers with a keen, observant eye through the viewfinder of a world unseen. You know, like on Seinfeld. ArtsWest Gallery, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through Dec 7.

ANNE APPLEBY

Appleby's works look like minimalist grids of plain, flat color, but retain that little unpredictability that renders them, somehow, created with nature in mind rather than in spite of it. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Nov 30.

CHESTER ARNOLD, GAYLEN HANSEN

Hansen has a way with animals, rendering them--in his big, flat, slightly wild paintings--both dignified and mysterious, as if inhabiting a fable by Aesop. With new paintings by Arnold. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through Dec 28.

CHRISTOPHER BALDER

Shallow, three-dimensional composites composed entirely of eerie found objects. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Nov 28.

* DAVID BELISLE

Community anti-icon Wilum Pugmire serves as muse for a series of larger-than-life portraits documenting the many life stages of the drag queen turned practicing Mormon. Cyclops, 2421 First Ave, 441-1677. Through Nov 30.

SUSAN BENNERSTROM

The refractionary and reflectionary poetry of light, in oil pastel. Also featuring Hysterical, Girl Comics, a group of cartoon-influenced works by comics-influenced artists, including the amazing Jessica Abel. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Nov 30.

CASSANDRIA BLACKMORE

Engaging tales of swimmers in the dead of Northwest autumn. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through Dec 1.

BILL BREWER

Picture-book narratives of primitive figures in oil on wood. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Dec 21.

* DAVID BRODY, MIKEY WALSH, ALEX SCHWEDER, EVE COHEN

Brody's latest painful and embarrassing contortions, featuring genitalia and women peeing. Don't miss the back-room artists. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Nov 30.

JIM BURNS

Squint-inducing black on black landscapes, "in the age of black and white." Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson, 583-0497. Through Dec 4.

THE CLAYTON BROTHERS

A bewildering amalgam of layered absurdity, blending folk art with confused surrealist imagery. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Dec 1.

* JACK DAWS

By now Daws is best known around town as the guy who pickled an American flag post-9/11; here, in A Nice, Swift Kick in the Head, is a chance to see how he relates to other objects in the physical world. What you won't see is a sculpture featuring marijuana contained under multiple impermeable layers, which King County put the kibosh on before opening (it now resides at Greg Kucera). King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Nov 29.

HELEN GAMBLE, WATER WORKS

Gamble rarely fails to make her sculpture take up space--weighty, striking, hard to ignore. Her latest, entitled Keep off the Grass, promises a window display (visible only from the street) of no doubt conspicuous proportions. Also featuring a fluid-themed show with works by Nick Fennel, Terri Biggs, and Peter Gross, among others. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Dec 15.

ROBERT GLEASON

Disjointed torsos float in the ether of Gleason's spiritual surrealism. Ace Studios, 619 Western Ave, third floor, 920-6178. Through Nov 30.

* VICTORIA HAVEN, SUSAN DORY

Haven restricts her ambit to repeating shapes made out of office supplies (tape, white-out, carbon paper); Dory's deep, interesting paintings are almost patterned, but deflect from regularity in ways that suggest a system gone awry, or bugged to begin with. The thrill is quiet, but thrilling nonetheless. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Nov 30.

BOOTSY HOLLER

Further extension of her pink preoccupation (as seen in last month's Pink and Brown exhibit with Antjuan Oden), Holler presents a photographic instillation entitled Room of Roses. Black Lab Gallery, 5208 Ballard Ave NW, 706-7017. Through Dec 12.

FAY JONES

You frequently hear that Jones is "the Northwest's favorite artist." What I want to know is, who is this elusive Northwest, and who asked him? But Jones' paintings of people are very engaging--not so much, perhaps, as the Goya variations from two years ago, but still. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Dec 14.

KUSTOM KROWN

From the illustrious Kustom line comes the latest, with lids for your melon by Antjuan Oden, Robert Hardgrave, Melissa Gill, Allison Agostinelli, Robert Adams, Dan Ayala, Doughlas Remy, and more. Kuhlman, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through Jan 31.

JAY LAZERWITZ

Bleak, landscape-inspired expressions of Matter, a series of streaking pigment and beeswax. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Nov 30.

JASON ARNE LIEN

Contemporary, symbolism-laden landscapes. The Foundry, 115 Lake St S, Kirkland, 425-828-4436. Through Dec 11.

* THE LISTENING POST

Final Week. See Stranger Suggests. On the Boards Studio Space, 100 W Roy St, 217-9886. Through Nov 24.

NATA LUKAS

Mirroring other systems of fluid circulation, Lukas' Post Alley R.A.I.N. three-phase sculpture (changing monthly through January) collects and transports the water of this damp city's autumn downpours. Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1417 Post Alley. Through March 22.

TRINITY ROSE

Young documentary photographer Rose combines the fluidity of contemporary breakdancing with the arrest of the camera. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through Dec 8.

ADAM ROSS

The ideals of photo-realism as reworked by digital design, where science fiction and architecture combine in disjointed landscapes of manmade structures. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Dec 14.

* 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.

SMALL WONDER

"A group exhibition of an ambiguous nature," featuring works by Keith Carter, Larry Calkins, Beverly Rayner, John Dugdale, Olivia Parker, and more. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through Dec 28.

* 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

A house inside a gallery inside an architect's office. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Dec 6.

TINY UNIVERSE

Composed of each and every member of the SOIL collective (including Yuki Nakumuri, Juniper Shuey, Randy Wood, Jack Daws, etc., etc., ad infinitum), Tiny Universe transcribes the map of the individual, the collective organism comprising each singular artist. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Dec 1.

EVENTS


OPEN ARTIST STUDIOS

This week only. Over 25 artists hawking their crafty wares--sort of like a swap meet, but without the airbrushed cowboy hats. Sat-Sun Nov 23-24, 11 am-5 pm. Rainier Cold Storage, 5607-6251 Airport Way S, 763-4234.

RECENT WORK FROM U.L.A.E.

This week only. A showcase of the Universal Limited Art Editions' master printmakers, direct from their studios in Long Island. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Fri-Sat Nov 22 and 23 from noon-5 pm.

WHO OWNS YOUR ART?

One night only. Intellectual property law as clarified by the folks who know it best, with entertainment/copyright attorney Michael Barber. Sun Nov 24, 5-7 pm. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770.

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