500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218.
* JOHN SUTTON, BEN BERES, ZAC CULLER
"What has distinguished Sutton, Culler, and Beres is that their experiments have the friendly, detached air--without the somewhat mean-spirited revelation that a lot of contemporary performance and installation encourages--of curious scientists observing our behavior, somehow without making us feel like rats. " (Emily Hall) Through Dec 21.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT (EMP)
325 Fifth Ave, 262-3221.
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: AMERICAN MUSIC
"When Leibovitz deals with the utterly new and foreign--such as the photo of rapper Mos Def, the second-best image in this collection--she seems to be in a position of invention rather than convention. " (Charles Mudede) Through Jan 19.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
"Realist" work by the Georgia-born artist. Through March 21.
Watercolors, in WaterMarks: Watercolour Diaries from Swamps to Icebergs. Through Feb 8.
FRAMES AT THE FRYE
Without a frame, a painting is unfinished: Discuss. Through Jan 2.
Large-scale paintings depicting executions, in Crossing Histories/Crossing Cultures. Through Jan 25.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* LEE BUL: LIVE FOREVER
All the glorious, sincere, heart-singing fun of karaoke, but in a series of self-contained pods (each with music related to a different theme), so that no one can hear you. Through Jan 11.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
* BAJA TO VANCOUVER: THE WEST COAST AND CONTEMPORARY ART
"The feeling you get from B2V is that of a defining claim that does not exclude--West Coast artists looking at West Coast issues and West Coast themes, but not limited by them. It's a complex show, full of both icons and iconoclasm, and the slightly coy feeling that the curatoriat has asked a question and then denied asking it. But art, thank goodness, thrives on paradox, and much (but not all) of B2V's art rises to the occasion. " (Emily Hall) Through Jan 4.
Layered grid paintings you can look way into. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through Jan 31.
Very, very weird: Allen photographs buildings so that they appear to be only faades, and insists it's just a matter of perspective and perception. AIA Seattle, 1911 First Ave, 448-4938. Through Jan 29.
RION BERRY, ANNA McKEE
Final week. Abstract multimedia and urban nature. Blue Door, 759 N 80th St, 783-2583. Through Dec 21.
BLUEBOTTLE ART GALLERY HOLIDAY BASH
Lots of freaky stuff for the holidays, with new Mexican-wrestler paintings from owner Matthew Porter. Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through Dec 31.
SQUIRE BROEL, MAX BENJAMIN
Final week. Abstraction, color, intensity, et cetera. Foster/White Gallery at Pioneer Square, 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833. Through Dec 24.
LISA BUCHANAN, JUNKO IIJIMA
Final week. New paintings from Buchanan, with fractured surfaces that recall the decorative unease of the Vienna Secession. With sculpture from Iijima. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Dec 20.
JACK CHEVALIER, GILLIAN THEOBALD
Chevalier makes paintings/objects that draw on all sorts of abstract influences. What's more interesting is Theobald's method of almost painting a landscape, but not quite. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034.
BRUCE DAVIDSON, PARIS SALON SHOW
Final week. Running concurrently with a show at Greg Kucera Gallery, PCNW's Davidson show features work from East 100th Street. With photographs of Paris by PCNW's students. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Dec 19.
EIGHTH ANNUAL WINTER GROUP SHOW
Including work by Harold Hollingsworth, whose big canvases are often as inspired by games as they are by pop art concerns. Baas Gallery, 2703 E Madison St, 324-4742. Through Jan 17.
Final week. Fife's big cardboard heads recall both monumental sculpture (of the fallen, vanished civilization variety) and piñatas. Evergreen State College, Art Galleries in Library Building, 360-867-5125. Through Dec 19.
Work inspired by (and painted during sets by) the band Defect. 7hill Gallery, 1417 10th Ave, 323-9335. Through Dec 31.
MICHAEL GESINGER, BRUCE BARNBAUM
Final week. Two photographers who "paint with light." Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Dec 24.
RAJAA GHARBI, DEBORAH WALKER
You can almost see the Arabic calligraphy in Gharbi's work; Walker leans more on an early-Renaissance iconic style to mourn lost species. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Jan 3.
Graffiti-style works. Belltown Lofts, 66 Bell St, 321-3351. Through Jan 16.
Paintings in oils and encaustic, in all possible styles, including strict abstraction and a kind of frenzied storybook illustration. Pioneer Square Saloon, 77 Yesler Way, 322-7060. Through Dec 30.
Landscapes, created with oil paint and palette knife, with a mystical bent. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through Dec 29.
KAREN KARGIANIS, CAROLE D'INVERNO
Stoneware and porcelain sculpture textured by bones and plants from Kargianis; jazz-inspired portraits from d'Inverno. Atelier 31, 2500 First Ave, 448-5250. Through Jan 4.
MICHAEL KENNA, LARRY CALKINS, HEIDI KIRKPATRICK, BEVERLY RAYNER
Final week. Kenna's photographs of French lace factories; Calkins, Kirkpatrick, and Rayner contribute sculptures to an exhibition called Toys. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through Dec 24.
When someone's been around long enough (and is self-assured enough) to host the 16th annual holiday show of his own painting... well, that says something, doesn't it? Corona Building, 608 Second Ave, 382-1001. Through Dec 30.
Intricate pen drawings on just about everything. Little Theatre Gallery, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through Jan 5.
Final week. Urban commentary by the Los Angeles-based collective that authored Urban Myths. Goods, 1112 Pike St, 622-0459. Through Dec 19.
* HELEN LESSICK
Final week. Hooray, Helen Lessick's back! Here, she shows a storm cloud of torsos made of plumber's tape. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Dec 21.
Not to be confused with Mariko Mori or Mark Morris... Marrs paints abstracted things. Velocity Art and Design, 2118 Second Ave, 781-9494. Through Jan 15.
* JESSE PAUL MILLER
Miller's recordings of the natural world are often layered--here subtly, here not--with the utterly artificial. Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Feb 27.
CARLYLE DALE MOORE III, TRACY DeCAMP
New paintings, along with a show featuring miniatures. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Jan 1.
Lots of nipply dots, on cool, varied canvases. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St #100, 349-9943. Through Dec 28.
* PHIL ROACH
If you missed Roach's installation at BAM (and you probably did, since it was only open for three days before BAM gave up the ghost), here's your reprieve, thanks to the good folks at SOIL. "Phil Roach's contribution to the series Nest is a living room that's like one of his tiny dioramas: a living room that seems to have been recently left, with clothes tossed on the couch, a messy pile of newspapers, and a radio that someone left on. But Roach lets us know that human presence is not the only presence that counts; some of the furniture and accessories in the room bear his signature peepholes, through which you view something that may or may not be the object's inner life (the pile of newspapers has something of a surprise for you). " (Emily Hall) SOIL, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Dec 28.
Impressions of moving through space. Viveza Gallery, 2604 Western Ave, 956-3584. Through Dec 27.
The varying presences of light, in painting. Zeitgeist Art & Coffee, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through Jan 8.
D. ROTH & ANGELA MULDOON
Narrative... jewelry. Fancy, 1932 Second Ave, 443-4621. Through Dec 31.
SPINNING AROUND IN CIRCLES
Bicycle culture, as seen through the eyes of messengers, leisure riders, commuters, and everyone else. Vera Project, 1916 Fourth Ave, 956-8372. Through Dec 31.
Final week. It occurs to you now, doesn't it, that a lot of people these days are painting... stripes. Here are some more! Including Tim Bavington, Susan Dory, and Matthew Landkammer. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Dec 24.
Work about personal conflict. ERAC Galleria, 2119 Second Ave, 461-6923. Through Jan 3.
THINKING IN PUBLIC
Four artists who have built respectable careers in public art--Don Fels, Jack Mackie, Buster Simpson, Ellen Sollod--apply their public-spiritedness to the Smith Tower, in a demonstration of sorts of how site-specific work works. CDA Gallery, 506 Second Ave, 296-7580. Through Dec 31.
* RAMONA TRENT
Final week. Reviewed this issue. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Dec 20.
ZOE DAWN WILSON
Deft, furious works that depend on a thorough, cartoonish cosmology. ToST, 513 N 36th St, 547-0240. Through Dec 31.
WORKS BY CORNISH COLLEGE ALUMNI
You'll be pleasantly surprised how many of our most talented come from the halls of Cornish. With work by, among many others, Dan Webb, Helen Gamble, Rich Lehl, Jennifer McNeely, and the extremely young and weird Sutton/Beres/Culler trio. Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Galleria Level 2. Through Jan 5.
WORKS ON PAPER
Like the title says! Crawl Space, 504 E Denny Way 817-5328. Through Jan 4.
YSA means "Young Seattle Artists," which would be gimmicky as all get-out if the list of artists--some of them without gallery affiliation, four of whom will show with Howard House over the next year--weren't so good, with such relatively recent talents as Peter Mundwiler, Sami Ben Larbi, and Jana Brevick, and a few who have been toiling in obscurity for years. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Jan 10 (gallery closed Dec 23-Jan 6).