CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art), 65 Cedar St, 728-1980.


A ten-year-old boy named Gregory Smart is at the center of a new collaborative installation created specifically for CoCA by the artist team of Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin. The fictitious Smart comes to life through video taken by a real little boy who wore a video-helmet as he went about his daily routine. The installation includes the video as well as items from the boy's life like balls and a small-scale soccer field. Through Nov 9.

THE FRYE MUSEUM, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.

John Register

The first comprehensive retrospective of Register's realistic paintings and works on paper. His work has often been compared with that of Edward Hopper in that it depicts slices of everyday life in a highly dramatic way. Through Aug 29.

HENRY ART GALLERY, 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St,



The Henry scores the fun show of the summer by bringing in Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, a touring retrospective organized by Thread Waxing Space in New York. Founded by a sextet of London artist/architects, Archigram did everything but build actual buildings, using drawings, models, collages, and installations to develop utopian ideas with a pop-art look. Their nomadic city of stilt-walking buildings is a dream worthy of the finest science fiction. Through Oct 10.

Hillary Leone and Jennifer Macdonald

New York artists Leone and Macdonald have created works dealing with tough social and political issues including the AIDS pandemic, censorship, and racial biases. The five installations and over 40 objects and 2D pieces chosen examine more than a decade of collaboration. The work is refined and delicate, incorporating mixed media with a wide variety of materials such as bronze, paper, silver, needlework, and sand. Through Oct 3.

Jennifer Steinkamp

An installation entitled Phase=Time was created as the first commissioned new work in the series Future Forward, which features artists working with new technologies. Rhythmically pulsating light patterns flow across a scrim, creating a large-scale abstract environment for viewers to become engulfed and slightly nauseous in. Through Oct 3.


E, 324-1126.

Phil Borges

The Enduring Spirit is a collaborative project between Amnesty International and celebrated photographer Borges, featuring over 50 captivating images of people from indigenous cultures. This is not simple travel photography, but rather haunting, emotional portraits that are highly respectful of their stunning subjects. Through Aug 29.

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 100 University St, 654-3100.

Impressionism: Paintings Collected

from European Museums

SAM has co-organized an exhibition of over 60 paintings, the largest body of Impressionist work ever shown in the Northwest. Included are pieces by Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Vincent van Gogh. Through Aug 29. See Stranger Suggests, page 48.

Anselm Kiefer and Germanic Tradition

Paintings, works on paper, and sculpture bring contemporary German works into focus. Kiefer, born at the end of WWII, balances visually powerful imagery with intellectual critical analysis in highly dramatic paintings. Works by Max Beckmann, Rosemarie Trockel, and others. Through Dec 5.

*Roy McMakin

In an installation dividing the gallery into the layout of a house -- bedroom, bathroom, living room, and dining room -- Seattle artist, furniture maker, and architect McMakin uses stacks upon stacks of generic, store-bought household items, including refrigerators, toilets, tables, and mattresses. Each item stands in for others: a line of toilets becomes a couch, several refrigerators on their backs become a bed. This unconventional stuffing of a traditional living situation creates an environment of carefully calculated manic obsession. Through Oct 31.

SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM, 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.

Modern Masters of Kyoto

Works by late 19th and early 20th century artists from Kyoto round out the programming for SAAM's "Year of Japan." This collection is owned by Northwest residents Griffith and Patricia Way and contains more than 80 examples of Kyoto-school nihonga, or modern Japanese paintings executed in traditional media formats. Through Feb 13.

Worlds of Fantasy: Chinese Shadow Puppets

Volunteer Park hosts more than 70 puppets from the 19th century. The majority of the exhibited works come from the collection of Theodore Bodde, who purchased the extraordinary objects while in Beijing in the 1930s. Chinese textiles with related themes will accompany. Through April 2, 2000.

TACOMA ART MUSEUM, 1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253


*New Religion

A perfect show in anticipation of the end of the millennium. A look at works with religious allegory at their foundation, including everything from Donald Roller Wilson's hysterically irreverent, yet technically remarkable costumed animal paintings to the tattoo-style renderings of Don Ed Hardy. Other artists include Melissa Weinman, Kathleen Jesse, Kathleen Fruge-Brown, Jon Swihart, Mark Ryden, Tom Uttech, and more. Through Nov 7.

The End

Artists were challenged to create a portrait of the century as we look toward the new millennium and the 94 selected works range from apocalyptic visions to depictions of cute newborn animals. The show was juried by New York-based sculptor, political activist, and installation artist Fred Wilson, who was also recently awarded the MacArthur Fellowship. Wilson is best known for his museum "interventions" including Mining the Museum, a celebrated and unusual collaboration between Wilson and the Maryland Historical Society. Through Oct 31.



A Different Battle

An exhibit that explores the stories of Asian Pacific American (APA) veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Grenada Invasion, and the Persian Gulf War. The stories are conveyed through written text, audio, and video components that are divided into two sections -- how the military and combat shaped the lives of these veterans, and how it has affected the lives of individuals, families, and communities of future generations. Through April 9, 2000.



A new body of delicate figurative paintings entitled Bedlam, continued. LEAD Gallery, 1022 First Ave, 623-6240. Mon Aug 30 through Oct 1.



A terrific line-up of regional artists including Buffy Cribbs, Patrick Holderfields, Chuck Meyer, Gail Simpson, and many others. LEAD, 1022 First Ave, 623-6240. Through Aug 27.


Installations by Brad Miller, Elizabeth Jameson, Peter Rian, Michael McCafferty, and Andrew Sodt dealing thematically with being Elliott Bay Bookstore's basement neighbor. SOIL, 310 First Ave S. Through Aug 28.

a.k.a. Photography Exhibition

In its fifth year, the intent of this exhibit is to showcase the variety of photographic images possible with Polaroid products. The 35 images included were chosen by a distinguished jury from over 300 images submitted by artists in the U.S. and Canada. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Aug 31.


A collaborative exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by six Los Angeles artists. Collaborations by nature create a dialogue about authorship, and it is often very difficult to tell which of the six had a hand in the work. The press release describes the resulting pieces as a blend of pop art, photo-realism, post-painterly abstraction, neo-classicism, surrealism, and symbolism. Davidson Gallery, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-4588. Through Aug 28.


At the beginning of the century Blossfeldt arranged ferns, flowers, and vines on pure white backgrounds and photographed them in sharp focus at a high level of magnification. His black and white images are so exact they can be unrecognizable and they were influential for artists, designers, and architects of his time. The exhibit includes photogravures as well as new prints of those early photos. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Aug 28.


A still life is a still life is a still life.... Drawings, paintings, and bronze work that are sophisticated, but possess a remarkable amount of energy in the compositional make-up and surface delineation. A young artist working well in a traditional format. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through Aug 29.


Lisa Harris is celebrating its 15th year with a very special exhibition. In Predator and Prey, Chapman captures wild animals in an energetic manner that doesn't hold the subjects hostage, but creates an abstract, painterly, and fluid environment for the creatures. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through Aug 29.


Suburban Dreams takes a look inside the homes and lives of the inhabitants of suburban Northern California. The photos depict claustrophobic, materialistic visions of those living the "American Dream," and the result is poignantly repugnant. Like the recently exhibited work of Bill Owens, this show is hard to stomach as we are confronted a little too intimately with a look into lives like ours or of those we know. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Aug 30.


Photographs printed on rock surfaces, evoking cave paintings and petroglyphs. Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Daybreak Star Arts Center, Discovery Park, 285-4425. Through Oct 24.


911 has resurrected its window installation program with a vengeance, working with some of the best artists in town and presenting truly provocative works. Currently Holderfield, a Northwest artist on the rise, has installed Exodus: A Fable where taxidermy forms play out a twisted little story about animal friends who invent a robot that eventually turns on them. 911 Media Arts Center (windows), 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Sept 26.


This new venue seems to be finding its foothold, leaving behind mountainous landscapes and presenting its third strong show in a row. Hollingsworth's work is reminiscent of the Seattle painter Ken Kelly, but Hollingsworth's idiosyncratic vocabulary of images play on the canvas in a more random, playful, easy way. Also exhibited are four new sculptures by Mumford that question the notion of portraiture, identity, and disguise. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Aug 28.


Thirty-six artists from the Northwest and beyond have created site specific works on the grounds of Sand Point. At the same time, five artists, including Iole Allessandrini and Stokely Towles, were commissioned by Seattle Arts Commission to install new works there. With the map provided they are all easy to find, and the setting is hard to beat. Sand Point, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 282-2935. Through Sept 30.


Drawing on wood blocks, Hughes shows close-cropped images of faces and hands, wrestling or probing or just touching. In the Annex, Matthew Cox shows a suite of abstract paintings related to printmaking techniques. Fisher Gallery, 710 E Roy, 716-5141. Through Aug 28.


It's wonderful to see art installed in unlikely places. Jew is exhibiting her art-garments in the window of a successful downtown boutique. The dresses are seductively grotesque with misshapen body forms and rich, sexy fabrics. The windows at Baby & Co., 1936 First Ave, 448-4077. Through Sept 3.


Really freaky dolls photographed in barren industrial settings. So ridiculously scary they're absolutely hysterical. FotoCircle, 163 S Jackson, Second Floor. Through Aug 28.


In 1996 Kinsey started a design firm called Black Market Inc. and, with his partners, produced strong graphic works ranging from spray-can murals to toy designs. Kinsey exhibits both design work such as posters and skateboard graphics, and socio-political based paintings., 925 E Pike St, 320-0424. Through Sept 9.


Boxing the Spirit is an installation that embraces the styles of Spanish and Mexican folk art traditions but appears completely contemporary with its lush and seductive assemblage and collage of found and made objects. RAW Gallery, 409 Seventh Ave, 340-1445. Through Aug 28.


The grand opening of a new venue and a celebration of the launch of Tokion Magazine's Neo-Graffiti Project featuring works by artist/graphic artists Barry McGee, Phil Frost, Shepard Fairey, Kaws, and Perks. Houston, 907 E Pike St. Through Aug 31.


As the title implies, new works by gallery artists including Jen Christian, Laura Cronin, Mark Mueller, Susan Robb, Gary Smoot, Kevin Willis, and more. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 726-8040. Through Aug 29.


After two years of photo-documenting Seattle nightlife culture, Brandon Harman and Christine Taylor present a show full of wild, blurry midnight visions and plenty of the fun crowd in their most "liquid" state. Roq La Rue Gallery, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Aug 31.


Figurative works by Pat de Caro, Jacob Lawrence, Spike Mafford, and Kimo Minton. An odd and wonderful mix of artists. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Sept 3.


The six new paintings in his first solo exhibition at Howard House are at first glance sweet, like those doe-eyed children in Japanese animation. In this body of work, Park's big-headed characters are his vehicle to explore stereotypes and complex relationships. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Aug 29. Reviewed this issue.


It's more of less at Greg Kucera this month, where 15 artists show minimal works generally involving monochromatic color schemes and rectangular forms. From Anne Appleby's reductions of nature to Robert Ryman's white-on-white canvases, from Ellsworth Kelly's pioneering color fields to Lynne Woods Turner's meditations on the square: If it's rectilinear and stripped-down, the gallery has it. In back, see Karl Blossfeldt's vintage botanical photographs which inspired many an art-nouveau architect. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Aug 28.


The creator of The Stranger comic Smell of Steve, Inc. has created a new body of physically and aesthetically rough paintings featuring superheroes. Cut and torn paper is glued together to form the figures that are hardly complementary to the ominous nature of superheroedom. The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Sept 5.


Recent works by six artists who participated in the 1998 Emerging Artists-in-Residence program at Pilchuck Glass School. The exhibiting artists are Jack Gunter, Liz Marx, Charlotte Meyer, Lydia Neuman, Sarah Peters, and Laura Wessel. Elliott Brown Gallery, 619 N 35th St, #101A, 547-9740. Through Aug 28.


I think the brothers describe their installation work the best: "As Mexican American bicultural artists, we are on the one hand influenced by the morbid humor of Mexican folk art, and the absurd pageantry of Catholicism, and machismo; and on the other hand, we are equally fascinated by the American culture of excess: its pornographic materialism, its blow-up doll aesthetic, and most of all, in lingering Puritanism." William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, Second Floor, 587-6501. Through Aug 29.


An exceptionally stunning sculptural show. Kagedo is a store specializing in Japanese antiquities and this featured contemporary artist embraces the ideals of Ikebana basketry and simple, orderly, Zen-like design. Smooth stones are obsessively woven with natural fibers. I see Webber futilely playing on the Japanese idea of binding and manipulation to create something desirable and beautiful, but rocks are a material that will not be altered by the constriction. Kagedo, 520 First Ave S, 467-9077. Through Sept 4.


Heavily worked, large-scale paintings featuring the likenesses of family and friends. There is an uncomfortable presence in portraits done on such a monumental scale, often as large as six by nine feet, framed with 2 x 4 building studs, forcing the viewer to confront giant personalities without the option of easily looking away. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Through Aug 27.


With a background in movie special effects and anthropology, this artist on the rise creates paintings loaded with socio-cultural commentary and a gruesome, ironic edge. His work has been recently featured in the hip publication Ray Gun and the alternative art mag Juxtapoz. Milky World Gallery, 111 Battery, 374-0933. Through Sept 2.


Pam Cooper, Kate Greiner, Marie Collyer, Robin Seloover, Sarah Morris, Jennifer Olsen, and Karen Parcel in a group show curated by RobRoy Chalmers. Oculus Gallery, 163 S Jackson, 366-2108. Through Aug 28.


Virginia and Bagley Wright, two of the country's most formidable collectors, opened their own exhibition space recently, and are presenting a new installation of works from the collection. The north gallery is devoted to paintings with psychological overtones by artists like Eric Fischl and Kiki Smith. The central gallery will host sculpture and paintings. The Wright Collection, 407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200. Ongoing.


STREETLIFE ART GALLERY is seeking visual artists to lead workshops, individual projects, and possible group projects. StreetLife is a cooperative that provides art space, supplies, and display space to homeless and very low-income people. StreetLife is sponsored by the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. For more information contact Alena at 441-3247.

KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER is now accepting proposals from curators for their year 2000 programming. Stipends are available. Deadline for submission is Sept 1. Call 425-822-7161 for more information.

ART DETOUR SEATTLE -- A city-wide open studio event providing viewers with a map and directory of participating artists. The event is scheduled for Sept 17-19. To register send a SASE to Jaq Chartier, 737 N 90th St, Seattle WA 98103.

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