Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread presents nearly 100 examples of the women-only art form of Maori weaving. Through May 29. NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, 543-5590.
® FRYE ART MUSEUM
A big, handsome specimen of a show, Architecture ofAbsence is the ?rst North American retrospective for German photographer Candida Höfer, the senior (and somewhat overlooked) member of the Becher school of photographers including Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth. In spite of the show’s title, her architectural interiors are packed with presence. Through April 16. Spectatorship and Desire—Part 1: Lust is the salon rehanging of Charles and Emma Frye’s historic painting collection. Through Feb 26. Final week. Also on display are Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore and Tracy + the Plastics 101. Through Feb 12. One night only: Tracy + the Plastics Live Fri Feb 10, 8 pm. 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
HENRY ART GALLERY
The Fates Await, inspired by the German expressionist ?lm The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and made by the artist Santiago Cucullu. Through March 12. Robert Lyons, Gordon Matta-Clark, and others explore questions of vacancy and emptiness in The Empty Room, from the Monsen Collection of photography. Through May 14. Architect-artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo created 150 Works of Art, a graveyard-like procession of paintings and photographs from the museum’s permanent collection.Through Feb 26.15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.
MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART
The Cognitive Body, glass sculpture by Eric Franklin; Carl Morris, paintings; and new acquisitions. Through April 9. 121 S First St, La Conner,360-466-4446.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Seattle Art Museum downtown is closed for renovations until spring 2007, so the Volunteer Park museum is the temporary headquarters. Highlights are Carl Gould’s 1933 art-deco architecture, a case of snuffboxes in the side room overlooking the park, and Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat’s video installation, Tooba, a lyrical, 12-minute portrait of a menaced woman making a kind of escape. Tooba is through Oct 15. Followers of Chinese painting, check out the 900-year overview in The Orchid Pavilion Gathering: Chinese Painting from the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the small show of personal expressions by a living member of the Chinese literati tradition, Fragrance of the Past: Chinese Calligraphy and Painting by Ch’ung-ho Chang Frankel and Friends. Through April 2. 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
® TACOMA ART MUSEUM
The historical show The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915–1935 is a collaboration between TAM curator Patricia McDonnell and Stanford scholar Wanda Corn, who wrote the book of the same title. Through May 21. Also up: Contemporary Photography and the Garden–Deceits and Fantasies, with work by 16 American and European photographers, including Gregory Crewdson, Sally Mann, and Catherine Opie. 1701 Paci?c Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258.
® VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
Vancouver artist Brian Jungen—known best for adapting Nike Air Jordans into the forms of Northwest Coast native masks—has his ?rst comprehensive survey exhibition, including more than 40 drawings, sculptures, and large-scale installations. Through April 30. Also on view is another solo show by a BC artist, the painter Takao Tanabe, with more than 60 abstractions and minimalist landscapes. Through April 17. 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC, 604-662-4700.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART
Shard, curated by Seattle poet David Francis, brings together contemporary poetry and visual art. First up: National Book Award nominee Heather McHugh at the show’s opening on Sat Feb 11, 8 pm. Through March 12. 410 Dexter Ave N, 728-1980.
Photographer Jules Frazier shows work from her Five/Five series. Opening reception Thurs Feb 9, 6–9 pm. 306 Dexter Ave N, 728-6044.
911 MEDIA ARTS GALLERY
Collaborative audio and video installment Light_Paper_Sound. Opening Wed Feb 15, 6 pm. Through Mar 22. 402 Ninth Ave N, 682-6552.
ROQ LA RUE
Sweetest Taboo, “a group show of random naughtiness,” ?nds artists caught in supposed oppositional constructs such as “a tough graf?ti writer’s love of dolphins and rainbows.” Opening party Fri Feb 10, 6–10 pm with music by the Briefs. Through Mar 4. 2312 Second Ave, 374-8977.
Abstract paintings by Seattle artists Michael Schultheis, Quincy Anderson, and Sheryl Westergreen. Through April 4. 1007 First Ave, 340-6678.
ALL CITY COFFEE
Infestation is Sonya Stockton’s new series of photo etchings, plastic ants, and ?ies. Through Feb 28. 125 Prefontaine Pl S, 652-8331.
AIDS Is Knocking, a multimedia exhibition of photography, sound, installation, and video by Amanda Koster, is intended to raise funds for, and awareness about, the people of Rabuor Village in West Kenya. Through Feb 28. 312 S Washington St, 856-7037.
ART/NOT TERMINAL GALLERY
Painter/sculptor Shirley Travis’s Tangled Exposure and Thinking of Australia: Landscapes, Images, and Abstraction by Australian painters Bronwyn Bancroft and Judy Hawking-Burnett, mixed media artist Esha Xavier Quinn, and photographer Jason Kimberley. Through March 2. 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680.
Jessica Geiger’s American Dystopia. Through Feb 16. 5501A Airport Way S, 767-2673.
ART PATCH GALLERY
Photographs of enigmatic women by London-based photographer and graphic designer Christian Petersen, curated by Sweatshop Inc. director Michael Ellsworth. By appointment through Feb 22.306 S Washington St, Suite 102, 388-2373.
Final week. Extravagant Icons, a group show of acrylic mannequin scenes by Layne Cook, surreal paintings by Louise Britton, and ceramic pieces by Julie Lindell, among other works, is meant to complement the “sassy themes of the theater play As Bees in Honey Drown.” Through Feb 11. 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339.
BAAS ART GALLERY & FRAMING
Contemporary abstract paintings by Angela Scott in a show titled Meditations. Through Feb 25. 2703 E Madison St, 324-4742.
BLACK BOX GALLERY
Diamond Industries is sculpture, paintings, apparel, and accessories “re?ecting the gutter-glam lifestyle” by artist, designer, performer, and curator Dylan Neuwirth. Through March 3. 4911 Aurora Ave N, 579-2662.
Daguerreotypes, photomicrographs, and photographs made with a pinhole camera by New York–based Jerry Spagnoli. Through March 25. 1216 First Ave, 622-2480.
CAPITOL HILL ARTS CENTER
Collection of Illuminated Works is a group show from the Twilight Artist Collective, in a variety of mediums. Through March 27. 1621 12th Ave, 388-0500.
CATHERINE PERSON GALLERY
Hortus Ortus is botanical chromogenics by Seattle photographer Davis Freeman and ceramic sculpture based on simple organic shapes by Kensuke Yamada. This is Yamada’s ?rst Seattle exhibition. Artist talk Sat Feb 18, noon.Through Feb 28. 319 Third Ave S, 726-1836.
Paintings by Sharon Strauss, photographs by Anil Kapahi. Through April 29. 1421 S Dean St, 890-7882.
COLUMBIA CENTER GALLERY
The Women Painters of Washington: Celebration II. Through March 31. 701 Fifth Ave, third ?oor, 425-771-9019.
COLUMBIA CITY GALLERY
RetroCrush is nostalgic works by s. r. dickie, William A. Herberholz, and Kent Modglin. Caras de Cochabamba is self-portrait collages by young women of the indigenous Quechuan culture who live in a homeless shelter in Bolivia. Through March 12. 4864 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843.
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Uzi Coozie pairs guns and crochet, by Brooklyn-based 1998 Cornish alum Heather Hart. Through Feb 17. 1000 Lenora St, Main Campus Center Gallery, 726-5011.
Marie C. Green’s acrylic paintings are titled Dichotomy of the Nude. Through Feb 25. 306 S Washington St, 856-7037.
® CRAWL SPACE GALLERY
Final week. Illusion, Disillusion by Shawn Patrick Landis, a graduate of UW’s ceramics program, is an excellent installation that inhales, exhales, breaks, and is rebuilt. Through Feb 12.One night only:The artist will take part in Slide Crawl, a new quarterly series of artist talks, along with photographer Chris Engman and performance artist Toi Sennhauser Thurs Feb 9, 7:30 pm. 504 E Denny Way, #1, 322-5752.
Large-scale recent pastel landscapes by Leslie Williams Cain. Through Feb 25. 310 S Washington St, 624-7684.
Mezzotints by contemporary artists Carol Wax and Fred Mershimer, and David Lucas’s 19th-century mezzotints based on John Constable’s images of the English countryside. Through Feb 25. 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-1324.
In a new space close to the old one, this gallery features unusually large posters that bring together a trampoline, electric appliances, and typography—by San Francisco artist/designer Liz Craig, and an 8-inch by 12-foot sculpture that is a variation on the book form by Sarah Skaggs. Through March 2. 121 Prefontaine Pl S, 223-7709.
EC•LEC•TIC GALLERIE OF FINE ART
Collages and works on board and paper by Pratt Fine Art instructor Doris Mosler. Through March 5.307 N 73rd St, 789-4500.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY
Final week. 200 Rings is just what it sounds like. Curated by Velvet da Vinci. Seriously. Through Feb 15. 1420 Fifth Ave #108, 624-6768.
Julia Haack makes structures following the dictates of her salvaged materials. Through Feb 24. 101 Prefontaine Pl S,296-7580.
Bratsa Bonifacho exhibits Moderato Cantabile, his bright, textured grids of symbols and letters, and T. L. Lange shows more psychologically driven abstracts. Through Feb 25. 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833.
Waterbeings is new oil paintings by Thu Nguyen. Through Feb 26. 625 W McGraw St, 285-4467.
FRAME UP STUDIOS
Contemporary abstracts by Ray Miles. Through Feb 28. 3515 Fremont Ave N, 547-4657.
® FRANCINE SEDERS GALLERY
Variant/Glyphic/Negation/Redact is the imposing title of Denzil Hurley’s ?rst show at the gallery. Hurley is a rigorous abstractionist whose large and small marked and stained canvases suggest mysterious erasures and a surprising depth of ?eld. Through Feb 26. 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355.
FRANK AND DUNYA
Figurative paintings by Nikolay Sokolov and Michael Ouzikov.Through March 2. 3418 Fremont Ave N, 547 6760.
G. GIBSON GALLERY
Maija Fiebig, a young Seattle artist whose in?uences list includes Odilon Redon, Katy Stone, and Henry Darger, made oil paintings on boards she calls Moss. Collective Memory-Routes and Areas is Doug Keyes’s latest multiple-exposure, information-packed set of photographs. Through Feb 25. 300 S Washington St, 587-4033.
Restating Empire is a group show juried by Deborah Paine. Through Feb 25. 110 S Washington St, 624-9336.
A Valentine’s Day bene?t party, including a “sure-to-entertain-and-discomfort love-themed clown show” by experimental theater company Implied Violence, Prince covers by the band Vermillion.Violet and a bachelor auction of “outsider” hunks, will raise funds for the ?nancially strapped gallery. Tue Feb 14, 8 pm. $5–$15 sliding scale donation. Also, saxophonist Wally Shoup, represented in Seattle by Garde Rail Gallery, displays recent paintings. Through April 8. 1412 18th Ave E, 956-8372.
GARDE RAIL GALLERY
Final week. The folk imagination of Dale Gottlieb transforms rugs into “narrative story rugs.” Through Feb 11. 110 Third Ave S, 621-1055.
Julie McMackin made photographs of life in Burma. Through Feb 28. 105 S Main St, #100, 612-7655.
® GREG KUCERA GALLERY
Final week. Devious black-and-white family photographs by Tim Roda and drawings by Peter Millett. Through Feb 11. 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770.
In Muse, German-born Seattle artist Anne Siems continues her exploration of the body, dreams, spirituality, and time. Through March 1. 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816.
® HOWARD HOUSE
Final week. New paintings by local artist Mark Danielson begin with modern, midcentury houses. Through Feb 11. 604 Second Ave, 256-6399.
ICEBOX CONTEMPORARY ART
Final week. Wild Boys is new images by Steven Miller, including Proof of Homosexuality in Nature, a photographic installation of a forest landscape inhabited by fornicating men dressed in rabbit out?ts. (This new Tacoma gallery is curated by Seattle fugitives Tracey Fugami and Eugene Parnell.) Through Feb 10. 301A Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, 856-7114.
Works by Jason Soles, “sculptor of lost civilizations and rituals banished to the recesses of his imagination,” according to the gallery, and fetish photography titled What Is Your Sin? by Artana DeCarlo. Through March 1. 1716 E Olive Way, 324-6630.
LINDA HODGES GALLERY
New work by Jack Chevalier. Through Feb 25. 316 First Ave S, 624-3034.
LISA HARRIS GALLERY
Bright gouaches by Richard Morhous. Through Feb 26. 1922 Pike Pl, 443-3315.
A group show at this coffee shop includes collage by Liz Gamberg, works on board by Amy Spassov, jewelry by Nicole Mazzei, and photography by Kedar Mohare. Through Feb 28. 1606 Pike Place, 728-1717.
® JACK STRAW NEW MEDIA GALLERY
Archival Investigations is the latest installment in the Northwest Trimpinfest this year and next. Trimpin is a sound artist whose varied creations are playful and rigorous, sometimes in equal doses. That’s the case in this rarely seen early work. Through Feb 24. 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 547-2503.
® JAMES HARRIS GALLERY
Final week. Works on Paper is Mary Ann Peter’s ?rst solo show in ?ve years. Her watercolor semi-abstractions inspire a questing sort of curiosity. Through Feb 11. 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220.
Painter Cait Willis pays homage to the regulars at Joe Bar in a series of portraits called Visage. Through Feb 28. 810 E Roy St, 324-0407.
Seattle ceramist Yuki Nakamura’s installation of 36 hanging, fragile porcelain soccer balls in various states of in?ation commemorate Nakamura’s brother, who died at age 36 in their rural Japanese hometown. Also up: graphite drawings and white, unglazed formal stoneware by Anne Hirondelle. Through Feb 24. 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, 253-879-3701.
MING’S ASIAN GALLERY
Erotica—the Art of Love, presents erotic art in a large number of mediums, surveying over three hundred years of work from multiple countries. Through Feb 26. 519 Sixth Ave S, 748-7889.
MITCHELLI’S GALLERY BAR
A group of NW artists, including Charlie Krafft and Greg Bell, riff on Valentine’s Day. Through Feb 28. 84 Yesler Way, 623-3883.
Cathy McClure shows “silverbots” and a zoetropic installation called Persistence of Vision. Through Feb 24. 2617 Fifth Ave, 295-5143.
When Words Fail, oil paintings by Kenneth Marulis. Through Feb 28. 212 Alaskan Way, 527-9826.
® PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST
San Francisco–based artist Todd Hido portrays “the most mundane scenes with a menacing air of expectancy,” according to the gallery. Through Feb 27.900 12th Ave, 720-7222.
Final week. In Build: Conceptual, three mediums (sculpture, photography, drawing) are employed by three artists (Lucas Kelly, Sebastian Lemm, and Will Yackulik) to examine the substance of architectural space. Through Feb 11.114 Third Ave S, 323-2808.
Insect Heaven is works in metal, paint, blood, and detritus. Through Feb 28. 1114 Howell St, 233-9873.
Action-abstract oil paintings by Robin Stacy Richardson. Through Feb 28. 1419 12th Ave, 568-4663.
RICHARD HUGO HOUSE
The Eight Essential Ingredients, new collaborative works by Marvin Bell, Steven Berardelli, Bret Fetzer, Angela Jane Fountas, Mike King, Therese Littleton, Bob Redmond, and Suzanne Stockman. Through March 31. 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM RENTAL/SALES GALLERY
Sodo is works by artists from the Cork Building, the 1723 First Avenue Building, and the First and Lander Building, including Arthur S. Aubry, Scott Fife, Gene Gentry McMahon, and Sally Schuh. Through Feb 25. 1220 Third Ave, 343-1101.
SEATTLE ACADEMY OF FINE ART
The Art of Love & Romance is drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture by academy students, alumni, and faculty. Through March 5. 1501 10th Ave E, 526-5153.
SEATTLE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
Ink is new linoleum prints and larger woodcuts by Chris Rollins. Through Feb 28. 1115 E Pike St, 323-5428.
SOIL ART GALLERY
The new-members show features Isaac Layman, Chauney Peck, and Satomi Jin. Through Feb 26. 112 Third Ave S, 264-8061.
New sculptures by Brian McGuffey. Also, celebrate Square Room’s two-year anniversary party with new works by Leif Holland. Reception Sat Feb 11, 5–9 pm. 1316 E Pike St, 267-7120.
Multimedia work by Seattle artist Carolina Hewett. Through Feb 28. 2602 Third Ave, 256-0001.
® SWEATSHOP INC.
Innerspaces is a show of painting, drawing, interactive installation, and photography featuring works by Vincent Parker, Kinoko, Sindri Bartholomew, and Stefanie Loveday. Through Feb 22. 1202 E Pine St, Ste B, 388-2373.
Dis-place in Time is a massive opaque ?berglass box by John O’Brien with curlicue handrails splashing out from its top, intended to represent memory, and sandwiched between two pedestals of ?ne, monogrammed jewelry. Unfortunately, the metaphor is both heavy handed and inscrutable without the artist’s testimony, and the structure’s appearance ?irts unpleasantly with whimsy. Through April 7. 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809.
Final week. Painter Chris Sharp takes over the public-television-kiosk-cum-contemporary-art-space Tollbooth Gallery in Tacoma to create a video and paper work called Downtown. Through Feb 9. Broadway and 11th St, Tacoma, 253-572-0995.
Dawn Dacus’s ?gurative studies of women show a graphic-art in?uence. Through March 1. 513 N 36th St, Space E, 568-7419.
Final week. Band Aids + Barbiturates by Mark Kirkpatrick, the artist behind Seattle-based studio Invicid. Through Feb 9. 5009 20th Ave NW, 706-0969.
Art about love by more than a dozen artists. Through Feb 28. 2018 First Ave, 441-3441.
A Seattle artist calling himself Siege has created paintings he describes as “industrial ?gurative.”Through Feb 28. 609 Eastlake E, 526-0549.
Visitors Unseen, Urban Observations, Imaginary Lives, and Tahuya Dreams are the four photographic series that come together in Seattle artist Douglas Ethridge’s exhibition, Convergence. Through March 11.600 First Ave, Suite 322, 330-9137.
® WESTERN BRIDGE
In Crash. Pause. Rewind. 12 artists and groups look at “the disaster imagery generated by Hollywood and the news media alike as contemporary equivalents to the Romantic attraction to ruins.” Through March 4. 3412 Fourth Ave S, 838-7444.
WILLIAM TRAVER GALLERY
Northwest glass veteran Dick Weiss shows his abstract, strongly graphic leaded-glass screens, and sculptural glass vessels by New England–based artist Tom Farbanish. Through Feb 26. 110 Union St #200, 587-6501.
WINDOWS ART GALLERY
Melanie Reed’s dreamlike collages of fragments of found paper are Oneiromancy. Through Feb 28. 4131 Woodland Park Ave N, 425-806-8044.
® WINSTON WÄCHTER FINE ART
Self-portraitist Brian Murphy breaks into full-bodied, large-scale work with new watercolors eight-feet tall and ?ve-feet wide. Also on view are Susan Dory’s abstractions. Through Feb 24. 203 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855.
Alex LaVilla’s new work, preoccupied with absence and perception, tracks nonvisible light sources, working with laser transparencies, x-ray images, brain scans, and ultraviolet and infrared photos. Through March 1. 171 S Jackson St,583-0497.