410 Terry Ave N, 381-3218.
Curator Meg Shiffler's take on the imagined landscape incorporates the language of dreams--fantasy, aspirations, and escapism--to explore the idea of space, both real and inner. Featured artists include Henry Darger, the late outsider artist whose fascination with little girls is still seen as both heroic and creepy (he was also rather insane), and Mariko Mori, whose video Kumano is the centerpiece of this smart, dreamy exhibition. Through Dec 17.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280.
BEYOND NOVELTY: NEW DIGITAL IMAGERY
An interesting little one-room show featuring artists who work with digitally manipulated images, some of them quite stunning. This is the logical extension to the question that photography poses about truth-telling, and about trusting what you see. Through Feb 4.
*FRANK O. GEHRY: THE ARCHITECT'S STUDIO
An exhibition of drawings and maquettes of Gehry's projects, including our own dear smashed jewel, the EMP. The idea is to give us a window into the genius' process; mostly, though, it's proof that he gets to play with cool little models. Through Dec 31.
GRAPHIC DESIGN IN THE MECHANICAL AGE: SELECTIONS FROM THE MERRILL C. BERMAN COLLECTION
Covering the years around and between the World Wars, a time when design as we know it was born and really began to influence the way important information was seen; the styles that developed during that period still have currency today. Everything--the posters, the books, the ephemera--seems so elegant, and so powerful. Through Feb 18.
*UTA BARTH: IN BETWEEN PLACES
Barth is the best thing ever to happen to the still life. She returned the truth to the phrase, highlighting both stillness and life in her photographs of the places people tend to ignore. Corners, door frames, fields, light moving across the floor--these peripheral areas are events in Barth's eye. This, the first museum survey of her work, features photographs from her famously blurred series Ground and Field, as well as her latest projects, nowhere near and ...and of time. Through Jan 21.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
CREATING PERFECTION: SHAKER OBJECTS AND THEIR AFFINITIES
An exhibition examining the Shaker culture through its furniture, textiles, and tools, as well as photographs, prints, and drawings. A selection of non-Shaker objects shows the influences absorbed, and rejected, by this simplicity-embracing group; an adjacent display of modern works traces a similarly strict formalism that artists use to create structure in the chaotic modern world. Through April 29.
*LANGUAGE LET LOOSE
A tiny little exhibition on the incorporation of text into the visual world. The show's centerpiece is Gary Hill's video installation House of Cards; there's also work by Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Alice Wheeler, and a set of Robert Heinecken's Recto/Verso pieces, complete with intelligent but unrelated commentary. Through April 29.
GINNY RUFFNER: MIND GARDEN
As part of the Documents Northwest/PONCHO Series, Ruffner has transformed a gallery into a metaphorical map of the brain, using dried rose petals, steel, and glass. Through Feb 25.
20th-CENTURY AMERICAN ART: THE EBSWORTH COLLECTION
Over 70 works, mostly modernist, collected by Barney A. Ebsworth, who started out collecting 16th- and 17th-century Dutch paintings, but got discouraged when he realized that all "the great pictures [were] gone." There must have been some goodies left from the postwar era; Ebsworth acquired a nifty set of works by de Kooning, Sheeler, and Hockney, among others. Through Nov 12.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
THE ART OF PROTEST
Social and political issues addressed through a variety of media, including the photography of Walker Evans and the mordant commentary of Jenny Holzer. Fang Lijun's enormous woodcut, No. 19, dominates the exhibition. Through Jan 21.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258.
CLEARLY BRILLIANT: A DECADE OF PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL'S EMERGING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
There's some work here that might make the argument that this medium has moved beyond the Studio Glass movement dullness: Lise Autogena's bolted spine, Mitchell Gaudet's fetishistic objects (his chandelier-type sculpture of repeating Christ figures hangs at Lead Gallery, right over the wine bar), and Deborah Dohne's neon-adorned engine. Through Jan 1.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE: NORTHWEST JEWELRY AND ETHNOGRAPHIC OBJECTS
This show, presented in conjunction with Metal-Urge, Tacoma's citywide celebration of metal arts, pairs the work of Northwest jewelers with the objects that inspire them. Through Jan 1.
VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC, 604-662-4700.
PICTURES, POSITIONS AND PLACES
The idea of place continues to fascinate artists, no matter how much it's been done, and done, and done. This exhibition explores that idea using work that's mostly photography, video, and installation, and draws from the gallery's permanent collection. The show includes work by major Canadian artists such as Stan Douglas and Jeff Wall. Through Feb 18.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
THROUGH OUR EYES
An extensive exhibition of Asian American photography of the Northwest, from journalism to fine art, including the photography of Frank Matsura and the contemporary work of Dean Wong and Jessica Kim. Through April 8.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
*THE WRIGHT COLLECTION
Virginia and Bagley Wright have devoted one gallery entirely to their great collection of '60s and '70s color field paintings, and introduced a large David Salle oil and the John Baldessari piece Two Onlookers and Tragedy to the mix. Other highlights include a Robert Longo, Eric Fischl, a huge Warhol Rorschach, and Jules Olitski's Thigh Smoke. Open-ended run.
Posters by The Stranger's own cartoonist and documentarian of the strange and underground. Glo's Diner, 1621 E Olive Way, 324-2577. Through Jan 6.
LINDSEY ADELMAN, JAMES DYKES
Art for the new age, on either end of the technological continuum: Adelman creates "drawings" out of hair bent, curved, and twisted into patterns and taped to white paper; Dykes creates digital photo montages, making narrative as flexible and manipulatable as imagination allows. Houston, 907 E Pike St, 860-7820. Through Dec 2.
New painting and sculpture from Africano, who reaches back to the spare style and high sheen of Greek statues, and then (it seems) can't resist the postmodern twist. His figures always seem rather lost in time. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Jan 10.
These installations are always worth a look, and another look. Ashby-DiRicco uses string and wood to great effect, whether she's filling the room or redefining a corner. Oculus Gallery, 216 Alaskan Way S, 366-2108. Through Dec 2.
AS YET UNTITLED
New work by Jeff Miller, Margaret Meehan, Noah Simblist, and Sean Vale, plus architectural proposals for their new gallery. SOIL Artist Cooperative, 12th and Pike, 264-8061. Through Nov 26.
Lynda Benglis was among the forward-thinking process artists of the late '60s, along with Richard Tuttle and Barry Le Va, and was a bit of a feminist provocateur as well. Her work always insists on its own physicality, from her famous Adhesive Products (polyurethane poured over wire armatures and mounted to the wall, looking like nothing so much as giant crustaceans trying to burrow through to the other side) to her current work. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Dec 2.
DECOYS: CONTEMPORARY WOOD CARVING
Twelve artists' takes on one of the oldest of artistic traditions. The group includes John Buck and Dan Webb, both of whose work acknowledges the craft of woodcarving without being utterly beholden to it. Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N Warner, Tacoma, 253-879-2806. Through Nov 26.
Two installations in two spaces by Dillbohner, who has been working and showing internationally in this genre since the '70s. At Suyama Space (2324 Second Ave, 256-0809, through Jan 19), About Sippwells and Other Places is an earthy reconstruction of the process of imagination and drawing on the unconscious; Sedimentation, at Eyre/Moore (913 Western Ave, 624-5596, through Dec 2), explores landscape and time (geologic time, that is).
DITTO: THE REPEATED GESTURE
Work by Susan Dory, Richard Hutter, and Jaq Chartier (among others) explore ideas of repetition and patterning. The gallery window contains an installation by Kamla Kakaria, and features a series of paper casts. Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Dec 9.
THE ELLWOOD COLLECTION
Works from the collection, donated to WSU, of Sean Ellwood. The show includes pieces by Rauchenberg, Komar, and Melamid (the court jesters of contemporary art), and local artists Jeffry Mitchell, Fay Jones, and Michael Spafford. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, Third Floor, 585-3200. Through Dec 15.
SALLY GALL, LEN JENSHEL, & DIANE COOK
Photographic images of water--with an emphasis on bodies in relation to it--by three artists. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S. Jackson St, 587-4033. Through Dec 2.
PAM GAZAL:, EDUARDO CALDER"N
With traditional woodworking tools, Gazalé creates sculpture from blocks of salt. The transformation from something so utilitarian (the blocks are salt licks for animals) into richly textured objects (marble-like smoothness, the inviting softness of a pillow) seems nothing less than miraculous. With Eduardo Calderón's black-and-white photography. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Dec 2.
Using paper clay, Geiger creates doll-like images of the marginalized and desperate, with a great deal of convincing detail. Trapeze Gallery, 1130 34th Ave, 329-3363. Through Dec 1.
GOOD AND GUILTY
An exhibition of ceramic ashtrays, in celebration of the coffee-table item that has so fallen out of favor. The selection is juried by Akio Takamori, and includes work by Mark Burns, Howard Kottler, and Takamori himself. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, 425-822-7161. Through Nov 22.
The artist's explanation for these wood and resin sculptures is that they explore ideas of death and decay. But what Grade does so well is more physical and intuitive than his painstaking art-making implies. The feeling of motion, of a function you can't quite grasp, is what you walk away with. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Dec 2.
Puzzle paintings, tiny drawings, and Braille books. Garde Rail Gallery, 4750 35th Ave S, 760-3720. Through Nov 29.
Mixed-media work on panels, paper, and unusually shaped canvases, all of which draw on Hammond's characteristic symbolic (and cryptic) vocabulary. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Dec 2.
*C. BLAKE HAYGOOD
In both sculpture and drypoint, Haygood's machines are inscrutable: vague enough to puzzle, specific enough in their detail to be slightly menacing. Are they obscure, archaic, or imagined? Are they toys? Instruments of torture? Few artists so deftly mix charm and fear. See review this issue. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Dec 2.
A series of watercolors based on Goya's allegorical Caprichos by this popular artist. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Dec 15.
With reassembled cameras and from unusual perspectives (including through a broken 25-cents-a-minute telescope), Kalbfleisch re-sees familiar territory. His photographs of the shipping cranes on Harbor Island are beautiful, jarring, and displayed with the camera that created them. See Bio Box. FotoCircle Gallery, 216 Alaskan Way S, 624-2645. Through Dec 2.
*LOOK BOTH WAYS
The Fuzzy Engine folks are back, this time exploring themes of safety and the ways we've chosen to insulate ourselves from danger. The works include a loaded gun encased in cement, and "unsafe toilet paper." See Stranger Suggests. Fuzzy Engine, 2801 NW Market St, 720-1767. Through Jan 7.
Two video installations, entitled Medicine Tent and Touched by the Tears of a Butterfly. Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Daybreak Star Arts Center, Discovery Park, 285-4425. Through Dec 31.
The Ethiopian-born, Seattle-residing Mohamed investigates living between two cultures in his paintings, which are inspired by Ethiopian frescoes and panel painting. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Through Dec 1.
This group show celebrating Lipstick Traces' one-year anniversary asks the question: "Is photography art?" Lipstick Traces, 500 E Pine, 329-2813. Through Nov 30.
Stranger photographer Renard displays her "low-fi, sci-fi sexploitation and calendar girls," plus a couple of rock and roll shots "for the kids." Fallout Records, 1506 E Olive Way, 323-2662. Through Dec 1.
In praise of working small, very small. This popular show very nearly sold out last year, and this year's list of participating artists is long and glamorous: Robert Yoder, Jeffry Mitchell, James Jaxxa, Claudia Fitch, Ken Kelly, Leslie Clague, Laura Cronin... and on and on. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through Dec 1.
An installation of pure silliness tinged with sadness--a roomful of balloon dachshunds floating and gradually deflating. Opening night was a performance (which will be repeated Sat Nov 18) in which the freshly inflated dogs were set to roam in an artificial sky; the rest of the month will feature documentation of and debris from the event. Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Nov 26.
If you didn't already know that the most surreal landscapes are found in offices, now you do. Syjuco re-creates--not quite faithfully--office furniture and objects, and through them raises questions about appearance and use, looking and seeing. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Dec 2.
There's a lot of bravado in Webb's work--his sculptures have both weight and polish, so that it's odd to think of them hewn from wood. Appropriately enough, this show explores themes of exterior strategy--veiling and protection, visible and not--including an entire suit of armor fashioned from (holy gods) duct tape. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Nov 25.
Aiming to fill the vacancy left by the closure of the Shoe Building, ArtStar is offering reasonable studios and a gallery space. The grand opening features sculpture by Weisend, formerly of the Degenerate Art Ensemble. ArtStar Studios/Gallery, 1028 First Ave S, 621-7807. Through Nov 26.
In a version of the Skin So Thick series that West showed earlier this year at Tacoma's Commencement Gallery, five video screens show a colony of coils pushing their way through a layer of latex. West plays with ideas of dimensionality in which the oddest situations become landscapes. The 911 storefront can't possibly be as satisfying as one of her walk-through installations, but even held at arm's length her work's visual puzzles are worth a second and third look. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Dec 17.
This fall's open house features more than 65 artists, including the studios' resident talents, which include Yuki Nakamura, Elizabeth Jameson, Cathy McClure, and Mary Ann Peters. Two nights of art, music, and bohemian lifestyle. Fri Nov 17, 7-11 pm and Sat Nov 18, 6-11 pm. And it's free! Noodleworks, 802 Sixth Ave S, between Dearborn and Airport Way.
A lecture by the Canadian video artist; if you're interested in new media, don't miss it. Seattle Art Museum's Plestcheef Auditorium, Fri Nov 17, 7:30 pm, $10 general, $7 members.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
DYSFUNCTIONAL ART CHAIR SHOW
Vital 5 Productions (in new digs on Westlake) is seeking submissions for its February show. Non-functional only; for more information write to Vital 5, P.O. Box 23385, Seattle, WA 98102.
THE POUND GALLERY
The Pound Gallery is seeking submissions in all disciplines for shows in the year 2001. Send a proposal--with 10-20 slides, an artist's statement, and a SASE--to 1216 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. Deadline is Jan 3 (postmarked) or Jan 7 (hand-delivered).