BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-3322
* DUANE HANSON
Hanson's sculptures are the original double-take experience: Cast from human models and dressed in actual clothes, they are almost always mistaken for real people in a crowd until the rest of the crowd moves away. BAM is fortunate to have 15 of Hanson's works for mindfuck purposes. Through Sept 30.
* MARY HENRY
Quietly, gradually, Whidbey Island-artist Henry has gained a following in Seattle with her geometric abstract paintings. She's been working in the Northwest for 25 years without much fanfare, and this summer there will be three major exhibitions of her work--including the North Slope Series at BAM--which has never been shown in public before. Through Sept 9, with a related exhibition from Aug 15-Nov 25.
MEDIA ARTS HISTORIES NORTHWEST: THE BELLEVUE FILM FESTIVAL HISTORY
Timeline, artifacts, and film from the 15-year-old festival. Through Sept 23.
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. 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.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
GARY FAIGIN: TRADITION & CONTRADICTION
Kinetic still lifes, billboards, and impossible space in 25 paintings from the co-founder of the Seattle Academy of Fine Art. Through Sept 2.
HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY: EDWARD STEICHEN'S VANITY FAIR PORTRAITS
Before Annie Leibowitz, we had Steichen tracking fame's comet, with gorgeous portraits of Greta Garbo, Fred Astaire, and Shirley Temple. Through Sept 16.
TREASURES TO GO: SCENES OF AMERICAN LIFE
Selections from the Smithsonian's American art collection, on tour while the D.C. museum undergoes renovation. This is the only West Coast venue for the traveling show, which includes 500 works by artists such as Edward Hopper, Paul Cadmus, Reginald Marsh, and our own Jacob Lawrence. Through Sept 9.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280
* 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 lesser-known artists. Through May 12, 2002.
* SUMMER OF SOUND
The focus here is on sound art, and the centerpiece is Volume: Bed of Sound, an exhibition that comes to us from P.S. 1 in New York. It's a huge futon with 58 listening stations, each of which features audio work from artists all along the sound art continuum, from Vito Acconci to Laurie Anderson to Sonic Youth. In addition to the big lie-down, there's art from two of my personal favorite local artists, Susan Robb and Jesse Paul Miller, both of whom investigate, in different ways, the sounds that presumably inanimate objects make. AND Rodney Graham's Listening Lounge AND Bill Fontana's Spatial Concept/Sound. Through Sept 30.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
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, 2002.
Insisting on the delicacy of glass (something I think we forget here in Studio Glass-world) Skibska stretches it into intricate webs. Polish-born, Seattle-residing, Pilchuck-teaching, she brings a needed sophistication to the medium. (See listing also at William Traver Gallery, below.) Through Feb 17, 2002.
An interesting paradox: the use of moving pictures (in this case video) to contemplate the idea of stillness. This installation is a new version of one shown last year at Tacoma's Commencement Gallery. Opening reception Wed Sept 5, 4:30-6pm. Cornish College of the Arts, Fisher Gallery, Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, 726-5066. Through Sept 29.
Five artists investigate painting in all its forms: abstract, pattern, portrait, and the kind that bleeds over into sculpture. The artists are Joline Abbadessa, Jenny Carcia, Matt Hemmer, Margie Livingston, and Brian Sharp. Opening reception next week. SOIL Artist Cooperative, 1205 E Pike St, 264-8061. Through Sept 30.
Juried this year by Pegram Harrison of Echo Press. Opening reception Thurs Aug 30, 5-8pm. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, (425) 822-7161. Through Sept 28.
* DEMI RAVEN
In Oneirotic Fragments, Raven shows his recent paintings, which use a kind of dream logic to connect airy, somewhat aphoristic text with images captured from the mass media. There are also some of his older works from Interfact, which used a similar process to group images that don't seem to relate; but the more you look at them, the more they do. Opening reception Thurs Aug 30, 8-10pm. Nation, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through Sept 24.
Photography from the artist's travels in India. The Wildrose, 1021 E Pike St, 324-9210. Through Sept 30.
With work by Lisa Petrucci, Jim Blanchard, Cook & Walsh, Meghan Trainor, Stefan Knorr, Blair Wilson, and others. Roq La Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Sept 8.
ASS 'N' TITTIES
Hooray for Houston! The gallery has lasted two whole years in our backwater scene. They're celebrating with big, glossy, sexy photos by Jamil GS; drawings and paintings by REAS. Houston, 907 E Pike St, 860-7820. Through Sept 12.
A rare pleasure: very good painting in a coffee shop. Bemm's canvases are lusciously colored and make a vivid, confident presence. Still Life in Fremont Coffeehouse, 709 N 35th St, 547-9850. Through Sept 16.
In Summertime Pop-up, Bolt has created, in the gallery's window, an origami garden that will evolve over the course of the installation. SAM Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Sept 9.
ROGER BOOK, JOSIE BOCKELMAN
New painting and sculpture. Li'l Red Shack Gallery, 1028 First Ave S, 621-7807. Through Sept 23.
A stable of Butterfield's famous and imposing horses, cast from found wood and metals, some cast in bronze. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Sept 1.
Gallery owner Billy Howard has put together a sampling of work by artists who make use of digital technology, none of whom are from Adobeville--I mean, Seattle. With work by Jon Haddock, Euan MacDonald, Susan Horbeak-Ortiz, Jason Salavon, Sloane McFarland, and (hooray!) Sean Duffy. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Sept 8.
RAY CAROFANO, HAL GAGE, KEN SMITH
All bases covered this month: Gage photographs the human figure (specifically, his wife's), Carofano turns his attention to landscapes, and Smith's still lifes look like objects from the past. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-6383. Through Sept 15.
CELEBRATION AND VISION: THE HEWITT COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
One of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the country. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, third floor, 585-3200. Through Oct 26.
ROSS CHAMBERS, RANDY McCOY
New work in Juiced & Bar Scene. Black Lab Gallery, 5208 Ballard Ave NW, 781-2392. Through Sept 5.
With work by Barbara Barnes Allen, Ross Palmer Beecher, Romson Bustillo, Eva Isaksen, Patrick LoCicero, Jean Mandeberg, Mary Molyneaux, and Gary Nisbet. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Sept 1.
New paintings, in a show titled Love, Play, and Enjoy Yourself. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Sept 2.
* MATT EBERLE
In Horolages, Eberle links recording time and recording images. His clocks may not actually keep time, but they remind us of it. Cracked Compass Productions, 2129 Third Ave, 770-5900. Through Sept 12.
ESPÍRITU DE M:XICO
Seven contemporary photographers explore, as the title suggests, the spirit of Mexico. Far from being a set of pre-seen images, they revel in the country's diverse cultures. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Sept 29.
Giang calls his painting method Upsidedownism, and he shows us how irrational and abstract the world really is with his bright, geometric work. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Through Aug 31.
Collages that use images culled from everywhere, with strong attention to how type is used. Victrola, 411 15th Ave E, 325-6520. Through Aug 30.
* MARY GROSS, MEGHAN TRAINOR
Trainor continues her investigation of the definition of humanness with a set of 23 children's blocks (representing the 23 human chromosomes). Gross graces her landscapes with abstract marks. Oseao Gallery, 1402 E Pike (above the Artificial Limb Co.), 568-0291. Through Aug 31.
GROUP SHOW AT NICO
With work by Demi Raven, Chris St. Pierre, Tavi Black, Barbara De Pirro, Dino Martini, Catherine Trapani, and Gary Wortzel. Closing reception Thurs Aug 30, 6-9pm. Nico Gallery, 619 Western Ave, second floor, 264-1710. Through Sept 2.
* PATRICK HOLDERFIELD
In his sculptures--some made of melted plastic toys, others piñatas recreated in archival paper--Holderfield complicates the idea of toys. What are they when degraded, subjected to architecture, to the gallery's white cube? Shown with his layered, sometimes chaotic drawings. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Aug 30.
New paintings of towers and power lines. Lipstick Traces, 500 E Pine St, 329-2813. Through Aug 31.
SEAN MICHAEL HURLEY
In The Stations of the Cross, Hurley triangulates desire and sacrifice with that well-traveled tragedy. The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through Sept 23.
Startling and often funny (though perhaps not intentionally?) portraits by the Finnish-born artist. i Capolavori, 2519 Fifth Ave, 448-2825. Through Sept 19.
BETH LO, ELIZABETH SANDVIG
It's all the rage these days to combine Western and Asian themes in contemporary art; Lo's vehicle of choice is ceramics--sexy-shaped vessels with images that are part cartoon, part traditional calligraphic imagery. With animal paintings by Sandvig. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Sept 30.
A group show on...guess what? With work by Gretchen Bennett, Jasmine Deatherage, Richard Hutter, Jeffry Mitchell, Sharon Sanborn, and Mariam Aziza Stephan. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through Sept 5.
PARS, NHON NGUYEN
In Ride Free Zone, the artists show work you might recognize if you ride the #7 bus. Nguyen has created, at the stops along the route, the Route Seven Gallery, featuring paintings of dancing (both Balinese and break) in the bus shelters. PARS has recently signed on with this project; his graffiti-style street kids seem both terrified and terrifying. Cut Kulture Gallery, 2018 First Ave, 683-3809. Through Sept 8.
Fifteen artists think visually about color--not as obvious a topic as you might think. With gallery regulars (including Toots Zynsky, Lanny Bergner, and the sublime Richard Marquis) and invited guests (including Dante Marioni, Randy McCoy, and Big-Gun Chihuly). Elliott Brown Gallery, 215 Westlake Ave, 340-8000. Through Oct 6.
Site-specific work by Leslie Clague, Paul Davis, Mark Johnson, Perry Wesley Johnson, Brad Miller, and Sheri Newbold. Reviewed this issue. Sand Point Magnuson Park, Building 18, 522-9529. Through Sept 27.
Even more Eastern/Western ideology art. I think we have a bona-fide movement here. Artmosphere Gallery, 1213 Pine St, 356-3454. Through Sept 15.
Everyday objects in fanciful composition. Glo's Diner, 1621 E Olive Way. Through Sept 1.
In 911's windows, Smith has constructed a collage of video images from a three-month, 14,000-mile road trip across the country. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Sept 23.
SOUTH SOUNDS 2001
Commencement's annual show of lower Puget Sound artists, curated this year by Neil Watson, Chief Curator for the Museum of Glass. Commencement Art Gallery, 902 Commerce St, Tacoma, (253) 591-5341. Through Sept 20.
* FRIESE UNDINE, ANNA SKIBSKA
Two of Traver's best artists at one blow. Undine returns with Thee, etc., monotypes that combine words and images in counterintuitive--but naggingly familiar--ways. Skibska's glass sculptures are delicate webs of needle-like forms, at once impossible and dreamy. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through Sept 2.
A show called Tiny Little Doorknobs. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Sept 6.
An installation that covers all bases: sculpture, paint, and video. Artemis Gallery, 1400 31st Ave S, 323-0562. Through Sept 15.
* DIMENSION ELEVATOR
Special repeat performance! The Dandelion Collective (a group of artists, programmers, and aficionados of new media) presents an installation in surround-sound environments: four walls of synchronized video, with 19 panoramic works showing continually. Only eight bodies at a time fit in the screen-defined space, so come early. Presented by Spaceboat. TV's new media cyberlounge: MEETSPACE. Fri Aug 31 at Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Ave N, every 15 minutes on the quarter hour. For more info, check out www.dandelion.org/events/ dimensionelevator.
See Stranger Suggests. Dylan Neuwirth's tiny little works in a big, temporary space. Opening Fri Aug 31, 8pm-2am at 1017 E Union St. For information call 937-0993 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Through Sept 5 (unless the lease is extended; stay tuned).