BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.

OH BOYM! A SIDESHOW OF DESIGN

The innovative product designs of husband-and-wife team Constantin and Laurene Boym (founders of Boym Partners Inc, a 16-year-old production firm)--including reworked Sears catalog purchases, and polypropylene tape furniture. Opening reception Thurs Jan 23, 3-5 pm. Through April 13.

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

DAMALI AYO, SHAWN NORDFORS

Sampling her own skin tone (that of her left forearm, to be precise) at a color-match station in a local hardware store, Ayo creates what essentially amounts to a room comprising human flesh. Shows with Nordfors' dioramas built inside wooden heads. Through Feb 28.

* DK PAN

Tactile landscapes compose innovative performance artist pan's installation, which features 2,500 pounds of salt, fake fur, fish, video monitors, projections, and a nude body, to be situated in the gallery for six weeks. Through Feb 26.

FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.

* PIONEER WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS

A showcase of four female photographers (active in the first quarter of the 20th century) with links to the Northwest: Photo-Secession member Myra Albert Wiggins, Adelaide Hanscom, Ella McBride, and the pistil-gripped Imogen Cunningham. Through March 2.

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

BRIAN JUNGEN

Vancouver artist Jungen takes the dreary model of consumerism--from lawn furniture to tennis shoes--and reconfigures it into the exotic in his first stateside solo exhibition. Opening reception and lecture Thurs Jan 23 at 7 pm. Through May 25.

KORI NEWKIRK

Conceptual artist Newkirk crafts site-specific paintings composed, in large part, of hair pomade. Through Dec 31.

OPENING EXHIBITIONS


LET THEM EAT CAKE

Twenty-one local artists (including Claire Cowie, Debra Baxter, and Curtis Taylor) take a look at the titular fated phrase in a variety of media. Opening reception Tues Jan 28, 7-10 pm. ArtReach Gallery, 1405 Boylston St, 551-3991. Through Feb 13.

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS


JOHN BAIN

Through the tech-talk of the incredibly obtuse press release sent to us by the Polestar gallery, I've garnered the following understanding: Some kinda crazy mess of electronics and radio transmitters and lasers or something are let loose in a room of seemingly random sound fragments that the viewer interacts with. Polestar Gallery, 1412 18th Ave, 329-4224. Through March 22.

ELI BAXTER

Compulsive multimedia sculpture composed of found objects. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through Jan 30.

SAUL BECKER, KAREN GUZAK, DALE LINDMAN, YUKI NAKAMURA

Traces and maps and records: the beautiful diagrams of Multiple Coordinates. Foster/White Gallery, 126 Central Way, Kirkland, 425-822-2305. Through Feb 9.

RICK BEERHORST, YADVIGA DOWMONT-HALSEY

Final week. The monotony of life's endless drone, as romanticized on paper in pencil and acrylic. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Jan 25.

CELEBRATE CUBA!

... or find yourself in a shallow grave. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Feb 28.

CURTIS COYOTE

Billed as a "one-man group show," Coyote presents The Attic, an overview of his career that presumably charts the many personalities of his 30-year history as an artist. Gallery 63 Eleven, 6311 24th Ave NW, 478-2238. Through Feb 6.

* THE FEMALE AIM

The brief timeline of photography--perhaps the most markedly uterine of the dominant visual arts--is dotted with an abundance of principal figures of the fairer sex. See G. Gibson's latest show (presented in conjunction with the current Frye exhibition) featuring the stunning works of Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, Lisette Model, and Imogen Cunningham, to name very, very few. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through Feb 28.

GODS AND MONSTERS

Crossing the great mystic divide, Roq la Rue presents a holiday group show focused on the titular theme, with participants such as Yumiko Kayukawa, Jim Blanchard, Lisa Petrucci, and Tim Gabor. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Jan 31.

{IF... THEN}

The butterfly-in-Africa conjecture of conditions through the mail art of Artistamps, a worldwide celebration of the poetry of postage. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave, 783-2244. Through Jan 31.

KAZUO KADONAGA

Installations of material--wood, paper, bamboo, and glass--that embrace natural process as an intrinsic element of structure. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Also Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Feb 1.

* MATTHEW LANDKAMMER, BEN DALLAS

Delicate curvature hinting at distortion, Landkammer's Meniscus forges acrylic to bent panel arcing from the gallery walls. Coupled with Chicago artist Dallas' "wood constructions." Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Feb 1.

* ERIKA LANGLEY

Most notable for her revealing photo essay The Lusty Lady--based on her residency at the titular (sorry, I couldn't resist) peep show--local photographer Langley shows off her latest wares in Perishable, a show combining recent documentary works Goosetown Girls and Washaway Beach. Artist's reception Sat Jan 25, 2-6 pm. Cornish College of the Arts, Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, 726-5142. Through Feb 8.

RANDY McCOY, JANE RICHLOVSKY

Richlovsky fashions oils of women at work, in a vision inspired by the "Rosie the Riveter" construct, with McCoy's automotive paintings on board. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Feb 1.

MEMBERS' JURIED EXHIBITION

The PCNW's kitchen sink, as selected by the Henry's chief curator, Elizabeth Brown. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Jan 30.

MEMORY

The time-honored exploration of time: Marita Dingus, Randy Hayes, Blake Haygood, and others interpret the mind's vision of the past in Memory. Also featuring Seiko Atsuta's window display Wish Flower 2. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Feb 15.

DYLAN MOSLEY

Sculptor Mosley creates works in direct response to previous King County Art Gallery exhibitions. I have no idea what this is about. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Jan 31.

* AMIR ZAKI

Suburbia compressed into creepy fairy-tale towers, where damsels wither and die. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Feb 1.

EVENTS


WHAT DO WE DO NOW?

One night only. A lot of sound about the nature of sound, with Christopher DeLaurenti, Jeff Greinke, Klavier Nonette mastermind Trimpin, and Feliks Banel. Otis Cafe, 1005 Boren Ave, 342-9866. Tues Jan 28 at 7 pm.

* SOCIETY FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION NORTHWEST CONFERENCE

This week only. A whole weekend of obtuse grad-school critical theory and conjecture? Where do I sign?!?! The Photographic Center Northwest, the Frye Art Museum, the G. Gibson Gallery, the University of Washington, and a whole slew of other establishments get together for four days of fixer-drenched fun. The conference begins at the Frye with Dr. Naomi Rosenblum, the author of the most torturously dull art history book I ever had the misfortune of assignment (A World History of Photography). Dr. Rosenblum (reportedly more engaging in person) discusses ladies of the lens in conjunction with the current crop of female photography shows about town. Other events of note include digital surveyor of urban tedium Amir Zaki chatting about his current exhibition at the James Harris Gallery, a panel discussion with the aforementioned Dr. Rosenblum, Ellen Garvens, Gail Gibson, and Peggy Washburn entitled The Subject Is Personal, and an exposition on collaboration with the members of Thin Ice, to name a few. Various locations, Thurs Jan 23-Sun Jan 26, for more info see full schedule at www.spenw.org or call 543-8788.

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