by Eric Fredericksen
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM,
MUSEUMS AND ART CENTERS
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM,
301 Bellevue Square, Bellevue Mall, 425-454-3322.
*The Self, Absorbed
Artists from across the country examine themselves with entirely new concepts in mind like cloning, medical imaging, and cosmetic surgery. Simple and captivating works like photographs and paintings incorporating DNA codes are contrasted with a video tape of an artist who drinks tequila until she passes out, while another artist documents in detail her many plastic surgeries. A few of the artists included are Chuck Close, Harriet Casdin-Silver, Denise Marika, and Do-Hoh Suh. Through Nov 9.
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
The Wright Collection
Virginia and Bagley Wright have rehung their foundation's exhibit space, devoting one gallery entirely to their great collection of '60s and '70s color field paintings and introducing a large David Salle oil and the John Baldessari piece Two Onlookers and Tragedy to the mix. Other highlights of their collection include a Robert Longo, Eric Fischl, a huge Warhol Rorschach, and Jules Olitski's Thigh Smoke. Open-ended run.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280.
What It Meant to Be Modern
Subtitled "Seattle art at Mid-Century," this survey delves through the Henry's collection of work by artists of the Northwest School, covering the dates 1932 to 1962. Extending well beyond usual suspects like Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson, this is a comprehensive look at artistic production during Seattle's first artistic flowering. Oct 14 through Jan 23.
Part of a series of West Coast exhibitions sponsored by the French government, this solo show by Marseilles artist Barbier, entitled Clones, explores schizophrenia and human digestion through the persona of the artist. Naughty, fun, interesting stuff. Oct 15 through Jan 2.
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th, 789-5707.
This traveling exhibition of works by a prominent Norwegian contemporary artist includes paintings and renderings from major installations, a 16 foot steel replica of Leonardo da Vinci's Golden Horn Bridge, and a series of extraordinarily rich paintings. Through Nov 16.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
An American Century of Photography: From Drypoint to Digital
An important exhibition of works from the Hallmark Photographic Collection examining important artists from Edward Muybridge to Aaron Siskind to Sandy Skoglund, and the advancement of photographic techniques throughout this century. Through Jan 9.
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 -- modern Japanese paintings executed in traditional media formats. Through Feb 13.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258.
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.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
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.
Musician and instrument builder Knott shows an interactive installation of handmade stringed soundmakers at Belltown's finest (and oddest) music store. The Friday night opening features an improvised performance by Knott on his instruments. Wall of Sound, 2237 Second Ave, 441-9880. Opens Fri Oct 15, 7 pm.
A FRESH LOOK AT AN OLD WORLD
An exhibition of prints from students, former students, and faculty from the world renowned Academy of Fine Art in Wroclaw, Poland. It's an excellent opportunity to see what contemporary artists in Eastern Europe are up to. Techniques represented include mezzotint, drypoint, engraving, linocut, and etching with prints varying in size from postage-stamp to window-size. Fine Impressions Gallery, 7714 Greenwood Ave N, 784-5270. Through Nov 6.
A VISION HONORED
PCNW's fifth annual photographic competition exhibition was curated by Linda Connor, who chose 90 works by 90 individuals from over 1,700 submitted slides. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th, 720-7222. Through Oct 31.
AIEEEEE! THE MONSTER SHOW
Monsters, monsters, monsters. Works by more than 25 artists in all media. Roq La Rue Gallery, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Nov 2.
I wasn't expecting a show filled with delicate craft at James Harris, but the work is sublime. This is the first U.S. solo show by this internationally exhibiting Brazilian artist. A wall installation of 35 carved hummingbirds stands out as the centerpiece of the show. Francesca Pastine shows paintings in the project room. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Nov 6.
New oils by a Seattle painter whose work depicts coastal and Eastern Washington topography. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through Oct 31.
AN ALL METAL VENUE
Eight artists show work in metal, from Brandon Zebold's four-yard long sculpture to Jan Smith's miniature vignettes in brooch form. Madrona Automatic, 1435 34th Ave, 329-7869, through Nov 14.
ARAB FESTIVAL ART EXHIBIT
Kanaan Kanaan, Ako Lindley, and Mamoun Sakkal show paintings and prints ranging from desert landscapes to calligraphic compositions, as part of Seattle Center's Arab Festival. Center Pavilion, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison. Sat Oct 16 through Sun Oct 24.
ART: WORKS BY DESIGNERS?
Graphic designer/artists Tae Won Yu, C. Andrew Rohrmann, and Jason Thomas Faulkner show lithographs, paintings, and a sculptural installation, respectively. Zeitgeist Art and Coffee, 161 S Jackson St, 583-0497, through Nov 3.
BRUCE BARNBAUM/PAVEL BANKA
Southwest landscapes by resident gallery artist Barnbaum alongside surreal domestic scenes by Czech photographer Banka. Benham Photography Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Oct 16.
ALFONSE BORYSEWICZ/MARC WENET
Large gestural abstract paintings that faintly allude to Christian iconography by New York artist Borysewicz alongside new mixed media sculptures by Seders' favorite, Wenet. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Oct 31.
Both works on paper and fine press books by Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Heidi Epstein, Jules Remedios Faye, Troy Gilpatrick, David Ireland, Thomas Johnston, Martin Muller-Reinhart, Joni Papp, and Christopher Stern. The Edison Eye, 5800 Cains Court, Edison, WA, 360-766-6276. Through Oct 31.
Erotic Narratives is a solo show of 53 photographic works on three different themes in three different formats. Includes 40" x 40" color photographs of sexy housewife pinup girls, b&w girl on girl erotica, b&w and infrared photos of a 12 month calendar boy spoof, and work from the series, "Film Stills from the Porno: The Lady John." ARO.space, 925 E Pike, 320-0424. Through Nov 6.
Cuevas, a member of the FotoCircle Gallery for four years, celebrates its fifth anniversary with an exhibition entitled Portrait of a Gallery, featuring photographs of the artists who created and continue to sustain one of Seattle's most interesting and consistently strong alternative galleries. FotoCircle Gallery, 163 S Jackson St, Second Floor, 624-2645. Through Oct 30.
An extremely touching and beautiful show. Childlike figures made from eggshell-thin raku, charred gauze, and rebar stand beside glass heads and mixed media portraits. Like the works of Judy Hill and Terry Turrell there is something hauntingly tender in the delicate lines and intentionally fragile and ephemeral media chosen to depict figures that so obviously need to be cared for. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through Oct 31.
Detzer was recently awarded Best Artist in the Pound's juried exhibition, Mountains out of Molehills. This solo show includes ceramic and found object mosaic works. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Oct 31.
ELEMENTS OF A CULTURE: VISIONS BY DEAF ARTISTS
This touring exhibition features works by 16 American artists who are deaf. The works in the show celebrate a separate, distinct, and proud culture while also touching on more serious issues including communication barriers and societal hurdles. References to sign language are present throughout and it is the intention of the exhibit to inform viewers of the "innate cultural or physical deaf experience." Note -- this gallery used to be called the Seafirst Gallery and has not moved. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, Third Floor, 585-3200. Through Nov 5.
The press release for this show proclaims that Grenon "attracts, repels, offends, or seduces virtually everyone." It's true. His portraits of women are often ghoulish and rarely complimentary in any way, but his devotion to his subject is apparent and there is some garish magnetism in his palette of acid colors played off dense, black elements. All that said, the work is undeniably physically powerful and clearly created with a committed vision. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, Second Floor, 587-6501. Through Oct 31.
Paintings of female figures in everyday settings at work and rest. Kurt Lidtke Gallery, 318 Second Ave S, 623-5082. Through Oct 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.
This New York artist creates deep, rich paintings: sweeping landscapes and nocturnes. Winston Wachter, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Oct 23.
In his show Prints/Porno Herberholz mixes subject matter from Tijuana Bibles, beefcake photography, and George Grosz in a stew of high and low references. Two Bells Tavern, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Dec 1.
A spooky show of works by four new Soil members dealing with the idea of a presence beyond the grave, just in time for Halloween. Participating artists are John Feodorov, Scott Mansfield, Tim Marsden, and Mariam Stephan. Soil, 310 First Ave S, 264-8061. Through Oct 31.
A solo exhibition of expressive, colorful narrative paintings. In From My Window Hunsaker paints characters that are both active and still. There is often a pull between compositional elements as areas are defined by borders or outlines. Even though the overriding effect is whimsical, there is always a deeper spiritual thread running through the work. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Oct 30.
Veteran Seattle painter Kane takes over both exhibition spaces at his new gallery. In the front is a body entitled Suburban Souls, a series of acrylic on burlap works depicting golfing, barbecuing, and other middle class pastimes. Holidays in Paint is a series of small works that range in subject matter from mythological to futuristic -- all with Kane's dry wit front and center. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 624-1586. Through Oct 30.
DAVID KROLL/JUDY HILL
There's nobody around who paints a still life with such precision and sensitivity as Chicago artist David Kroll. Tiny birds land on piles of fruit and ceramic bowls in elegant compositions. Warm tones of paint are applied in thin layers providing a luminous glow. On the mezzanine level are new etchings and monoprints by Oregon artist Judy Hill, generally known for her raku and mixed media figurative sculptures. Grover Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Oct 30.
Small works with a large presence. Layered with various media, depicting objects and animals, figures and text, still lifes and active narratives, these hand-sized triptychs are rich in image and concept. Lee is a wonderful painter and storyteller. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Through Oct 29.
A show exploring animal imagery in art featuring Shawn Farris, Kathy Glowen, Layne Kleinart, Cynthia Krieble, Carolyn Krieg, Antjuan Oden, Andre Petterson, Elizabeth Sandvig, and Cheryl dos Remedios, the last of whom shows a site-specific installation featuring poodles in the gallery's street window. SAM Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, Suite 140, 634-3240. Through Oct 16.
A one-day showing of paintings, sculpture, film, and photography by Cassandria Blackmore, Brian Yeck, Kim Bly, Doug Arney, and Brian Wallace (not, apparently, the Brian Wallace who curates at the Bellevue Art Museum). Blackmore Studios, 1102 E Pike St, 860-3544. Reception with music by Nikol Kollars, Sat Oct 16, 7:30-midnight.
A solo exhibition of new cast glass sculpture entitled Adrift. Robinson hails from New Zealand and has left her previous focus on vessels and created a new body of more organic forms inspired by her native environment. Elliott Brown Gallery, 619 North 35th St #101A, 547-9740. Through Nov 13.
Taking painting cues from masters like Holbein, van der Weyden, and van Eyck, this San Francisco artist twists traditional compositions by substituting her greyhound dog and other animals in for the human figures. The work is technically slick and amazing, and tremendously witty. Davidson Gallery, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Oct 30.
Inspired by a trip to Mexico City in 1997, Siciliano's solo show, The Mamacitas, contains large-scale ink drawings and a few smaller pieces. The narratives explore religion, tradition, and class structure, and a number of pieces focus on young brides. LEAD Gallery, 1022 First Ave, 623-6240. Through Oct 29.
Simmons has for many years been one of the brightest emerging artists in Seattle, and with this show he takes a leap into impressive new territory, showing works from three recent bodies of work. Some of the new works have a hypnotic moiré pattern superimposed on the circles, while others abandon the spinning canvas technique in favor of layers of transparent acrylic emulsion dragged and spilled in random psychedelic abstract waves. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Oct 30.
A beautiful show celebrating the life and works of an influential Northwest master. Robert Sperry (1927-1998) was known to be an artistic innovator and a respected teacher. The show features ceramic platters and sculptural works from the 1980s to early 1990s and a selection of dense and magical abstract iris prints. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Oct 30.
Los Angeles artist Derek Stroup shows a series of drawings and sculpture of rooftop TV antennas in a show titled Field Guide. The drawings are in India ink on typewriter paper -- fittingly obsolescent media for depicting the outmoded technology of the antennas. In the drawings and in a more recent set of delicate, realistic sculptures, Stroup creates a taxonomic classification of these vestigial structures. The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Oct 17.
*WHAT'S IN YOUR KIT?
Curated by Audrey Marrs, over 25 artists were asked to create a kit to describe themselves and their present state of mind. Milky World Gallery, 111 Battery, 374-0933. Through Nov 2.
Leaving her previous focus on abstraction, this new body of figurative works draws on more personal imagery and still incorporates the colorful palette Yatchman is known for. The Virginia Inn, 1937 First Ave. Through Nov 2.