BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-454-3322
* LUMINOUS: LIGHT AS MATERIAL, MEDIUM, AND METAPHOR
Light as architectural element is one of Steven Holl's most famous tropes, and this exhibition was assembled to examine it further. It happily includes work by some of the artists you would expect to be represented: Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Tokihiro Sato, and Iole Allesandrini. Through June 17.
A set of six multi-media installations by Wendy Hanson, each exploring ideas about identity and shared experience. Hanson has based these works on the excellently flamboyant sisters Annette Cohn and Florine Falk, longtime volunteers at BAM and a lot of fun to have at art openings. See Stranger Suggests. Through Oct 14.
University of Washington, 543-5590
THE ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
The adventure story that should have ended adventure travel forever: Ernest Shackleton's ship was trapped in the ice of the Weddell Sea, and he and his crew survived two polar winters (freezing cold and night all the time) and a rescue mission in a tiny open boat. The miracle? No one died. Makes you feel kind of wimpy, eh? This is the exhibition that opened at the Museum of Natural History in New York--stark, amazing photographs, plus film footage and journal excerpts. Through Dec 31.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (CoCA)
410 Terry Ave N (inside Consolidated Works), 728-1980
NORTHWEST ANNUAL 2001
The show the provides the grist for the yearly gripe-fest. Come see what Michael Sweney (director of the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York) thinks is the best we have to offer. Through July 31.
410 Terry Ave N, 381-3218
* NOTICE OF PROPOSED LAND USE ACTION
Bye-bye, building. As a grand farewell to the temporary space, ConWorks commissioned site-specific work by 10 artists, each of whom will address the building itself, either through objects found within it, drawings outside it, or looking through its innards with endoscopic cameras. Through July 8.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280
MASTER OF FINE ARTS 2001
Work by UW's graduate students in sculpture, fibers, printmaking, metals, painting, photography, design, and ceramics. Through June 17.
ALEXIS ROCKMAN: FUTURE EVOLUTION
What happens when the natural is subject to continual and careless tinkering? New York artist Rockman puts genetic engineering in the crosshairs, and his aim is dead-on. Part meticulous Audubon illustration, part horror show, these paintings show us what kinds of flora and fauna might evolve (and therefore survive) in the terribly compromised circumstances we're creating on Earth. Through August 19.
* SHORT STORIES
A series of rotating exhibitions that includes work from the permanent collection, commissioned projects, and installations. Over the course of the next year, the North Galleries will feature art by Ernesto Neto, George Stoll, Chris Finley, and other recognized and under-known artists. Through May 12, 2002.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100
FIRST PERSON SINGULAR
Works that feature a lone figure, with contributions from Chuck Close, Catherine Opie, and Anselm Kiefer (from the museum's permanent collection) as well as John Currin and Francesco Clemente (on loan). Neat idea. Through Jan 2.
Sculpture by six local artists (Rachel Brumer, David Chatt, Alison Gates, Wendy Hanson, Sara Lanzillotta, and Keith Yurdana) who work with textiles and sewing. Through July 22.
TREASURES FROM A LOST CIVILIZATION: ANCIENT CHINESE ART FROM SICHUAN
These are wondrous, mysterious pieces--weapons, totems, vessels--the uses for which are still mostly unknown. The show is the culmination of five years' work by Jay Xu, SAM's Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, and is the first large-scale U.S. exhibition of the archaeological finds (it goes on to the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas and the Metropolitan in New York). The patient anthropological guesswork goes on. Through Aug 12.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200
* THE WRIGHT COLLECTION
Robin Wright Moll has selected works from all her family members' collections to ruminate on the idea of the Duchampian destabilization of art. Some of the high points include Andy Warhol's Oxidation (in which unspecified persons urinated on a canvas covered in metallic paint), an enormous Sol LeWitt wall drawing, and a set of Carlos Mollura's plastic pillows. Through August 11.
Bemm's signature paintings: bright, free-floating, abstract. Opening reception Fri June 15, 5-8 pm. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through July 18.
Prints, drawings, and projects in Butler's aptly named new space. Opening reception Sat June 16, 2-6 pm. Visual Abstractions, 1130 34th Ave. Through July 28.
DECEIT OF THE INTELLECT
An exhibition featuring work from all over the world on one subject: portraiture. Block party opening Sat June 16, 5-9 pm. Benham Photography, 1216 First Ave, 622-6383. Through July 27.
MICHAEL DICKTER, JASON ARNE LIEN, LAYNE KLEINART
Symbolism-laden work from three painters. Opening reception Thurs June 14, 6-9 pm. Atelier 31, 122 Central Way, Kirkland, 425-576-1477. Through July 9.
* JESSE PAUL MILLER
Sculpture, sound, and discarded technology. See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Sat June 16, 6-8 pm. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through July 28.
Min's paintings explore space through color--a kind of subtle mind-fuck of slight variations in tone and unexpectedly shaped canvases. Opening reception Thurs June 14, 5:30-7:30 pm. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through July 21.
New work, in a series of portraits (both paint and multi-media) entitled Skin Deep. Nation, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through June 24.
* BEFORE AND AFTER
A big group of good and weird photographers take on Vital 5's latest assignment: the time-lapse diptych. Including, but not limited to, Bootsy Holler, David Walega, Christian French, Spike Mafford, and some of The Stranger's regular photogs (David Belisle, Shane Carpenter). Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through July 8.
ALICIA BERGER, MICHAEL SCHULTHEIS, SUZZANNE FOKINE, NANCY MEE
The hotel's art is now being curated by Suzanne Thomas and Patricia Cameron of Patricia Cameron Fine Arts. The first show features longtime Seattle artist Mee, with three emerging artists. Alexis Hotel, 1007 First Ave, 624-4844. Through Aug 30.
Drawings based on Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog. Glo's Diner, 1621 E Olive Way, 529-2735. Through June 30.
DAVIS FREEMAN, MARK CALLEN
Photogravure portraits of eleven Northwest artists (Freeman takes the photograph; Callen creates the photogravure), including Gary Hill, Jacob Lawrence, and Buster Simpson. Key Tower Gallery, Cherry St and Fifth Ave, 684-7312 (Seattle Arts Commission). Through July 6.
New paintings, at once abstract and iconic. Nico Gallery, 619 Western Ave, second floor, 264-1710. Through July 1.
ELEVEN YOUNG COMERS, ONE OLD FART
A storefront exhibition of 12 photographers. 421 E Pine and 1525 Summit St. Ongoing.
New paintings in May Flowers. I Capolavori, 2519 Fifth Ave, 448-2825. Through June 20.
GRADUATING STUDENTS EXHIBITION
They worked hard! Come pay your respects. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through June 29.
MORRIS GRAVES MEMORIAL EXHIBITIONS
There are two, so far. One at the Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave NE and NE 41st, through Aug 12) and one at SAM (First and University, through October 20, 2002). If you didn't know anything about his work, now you have no excuse.
* WENDY HANSON
A window installation by Hanson, whose work is featured in SAM's Sewn show. Entitled Horn of Plenty--Memorial for a Weary Economy, this work uses discarded clothing and thread to meditate on things lost and changed. SAM Rental Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3183. Through July 15.
In his debut exhibition, Words: Who Needs 'Em?, Humphrey shows photographs of past-its-prime signage and places he's lived; he claims the reason for the shift from words to images is that the market is overcrowded with writers. Reviewed this issue. Belltown Underground Art Gallery, 2211 First Ave, 448-3325. Through July 5.
ALAN LAU, DAVID GEORGE
Lau's paintings use traditional calligraphy materials, such as sumi, toward decidedly non-traditional ends. With cameraless photograms by George. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through July 1.
DEBORAH LAWRENCE, KEVIN WILDERMUTH
Layered, sophisticated, visually complex, Lawrence's paintings are political and socially aware--as befits a show called Propaganda. With ink-jet prints from Wildermuth. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through June 30.
Light sculpture! Velocity Art and Design, 2206 Queen Anne Ave N, #201, 781-9494. Through June 30.
Underwater photography by Hawaiian photographer Dorys Foltin. Artmosphere Gallery, 1213 Pine St, 356-3454. Through July 28.
In a show called Whole Elk Theory, Marquis creates assemblages of glass and pop-icon elements that are a few steps removed from the technique-obsessed glass you usually see around town. Elliott Brown Gallery, 215 Westlake Ave N, 340-8000. Through July 28.
Large-scale works that mix painting and 3-D objects toward a Pop sensibility. Gallery Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through July 4.
Mr. Jago is a British artist who takes the craft of doodling into the realms of high art. His work is incorporated into murals right on the gallery walls. Houston, 907 E Pike St, 860-7820. Through July 12.
* YUKI NAKAMURA
In an installation entitled Danger, Nakamura makes a slight left turn from her previous work, using signs and symbols in addition to her austere porcelain shapes. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Through June 29.
NEDDY FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION
In painting, Dennis Evans, Ken Kelly, Mark Takamichi Miller, and Robert Yoder; in sculpture, Cris Bruch, Pam Gazale, and Doug Jeck. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, Third Floor, 585-3200. Through July 6.
Art terrorism from the past 20 years. Independent Media Center, 1415 Third Ave, 262-0721. Through July 31.
PRINT SHOW THE FIRST
New gallery! The inaugural show features West Coast printmakers, with an emphasis on letterpress. Cracked Compass Productions, 2129 Third Ave, 770-5900. Through June 30.
* READ ALL ABOUT IT!
A very nicely selected survey of art that incorporates text into its body--work that talks back. Reviewed this issue. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through June 30.
Landscapes collaged from found images--the surreal, dreamy nature comes right to the surface. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through June 30.
CHRISTOPHER REILLY, T. ELLEN SOLLOD
Encaustic paintings and sculpture. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through June 30.
JANICE TOULOUSE SHINGWAAK, LEONARD BEAM
In The Traveling Alter Native Medicine Show, Toulouse Shingwaak and Beam document their journey to sacred and historical sites across Canada and the United States with rubbings of objects from those sites. Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Daybreak Star Arts Center, Discovery Park, 285-4425. Through Aug 14.
As part of 911's Reel Grrls program, Sweeney--an award-winning New York video artist--created Maiden USA in collaboration with 20 teenage girls. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through July 22.
New gallery! Featuring Syed's photographs of the Oregon Coast. Kalo Gallery, 214 First Ave S, lower level, 781-7786. Through Aug 31.
DAVID TUPPER, ART GARCIA
Tupper incorporates images that impart a certain heat to his work: Cal-Mex-style men and women loitering in doorways, deep, hot colors, Catholic icons. Garcia's paintings take on the fantasy architecture of Las Vegas, devoid of messy human reality. Roq La Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through June 30.
Six artists working in different media blow received notions of beauty out of the water. SOIL Artist Cooperative, 1205 E Pike, 264-8061. Through July 1.
* SEAN VALE, JASON GLOVER
For Archive, Vale provides the visuals and Glover provides the sound, investigating aspects of repetition, white noise, and the very idea of content itself. Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through June 30.
JESSE JOSHUA WATSON
New paintings. Bohemian Cafe, First and Yesler, 447-1514. Through July 31.
Pushpins, road paint, and photocopies transformed into conceptual objects. Li'l Red Shack Gallery, 1028 First Ave S, 621-7807. Through June 30.