1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
DAMALI AYO, SHAWN NORDFORS
Opening. Sampling her own skin tone (that of her left forearm, to be precise) at a color-match station in a local hardware store, Ayo creates what essentially amounts to a room comprised of human flesh. Shows with Nordfors' dioramas built inside wooden heads. Through Feb 28.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
* PIONEER WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS
A showcase of four female photographers (active in the first quarter of the 20th century) with links to the Northwest: Photo-Secession member Myra Albert Wiggins, Adelaide Hanscom, Ella McBride, and the pistil-gripped Imogen Cunningham. Through March 2.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA
"Theresa Hak Kyung Cha was killed in 1982 when she was 30 years old, which tells you a great deal before you enter the gallery. Cha did not restrict herself to one genre or medium or even to making art as opposed to exploring critical theory, and her art flicks back and forth between these tendencies, sometimes doing both at once--sometimes successfully, sometimes not." (Emily Hall) Through March 2.
* OUT OF SITE
When is virtual space no longer virtual? "Fictional architectural spaces" by artists, including work by the phenomenally and quietly weird Aziz + Cucher (who create computer-generated rooms lined with human skin). Through Feb 2.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM OPENING EXHIBITIONS
1400 E Prospect Street, 654-3100.
RABBIT, CAT, AND HORSE: ENDEARING CREATURES IN JAPANESE ART
See Events. Crossing 17 centuries of the Japanese love affair with our four-legged friends, with Seattle-based artist Maki Tamura's Vignette, a contemporary installation featuring Japan's most endearing creature, Hello Kitty. Through April 6.
A private collectors' swap meet, featuring works by Mark Tobey, Norman Lundin, Guy Anderson, and others. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Jan 26.
I couldn't seem to come up with a joke about sausage, so I guess I'll just tell you that Linkages is a group exhibition featuring over a dozen artists exploring the concept of connections. Opening reception Fri Jan 10, 5:30-8 pm. Fountainhead, 625 W McGraw St, 285-4467. Through Feb 1.
RANDY McCOY, JANE RICHLOVSKY
Richlovsky fashions oils of women at work in a vision inspired by the "Rosie the Riveter" construct, with McCoy's automotive paintings on board in Internal Combustion. Opening reception Fri Jan 10, 5-8 pm. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Feb 1.
Rachko's The Usual Personas explores humanity in two lights: the objective reflection of straight portraiture versus the more interpretive illustration of humanity's spiritual weight, or something. Opening reception Thurs Jan 9, 6-9 pm. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873. Through Feb 8.
* WELDON BUTLER
"These new works take as their central motif a kind of loosely brushed brown, which matches exactly the pressed wood-chip floor of the open-plan office in which they are shown. It would be a gimmick if it weren't beautifully balanced with the single black line here, the mash of black brushstrokes there." (Emily Hall) Mithun, Pier 56, 1201 Alaska Way, Suite 200, 623-3344. Through Jan 10.
Minimal, labor-intensive rubbings of walls that have enclosed Dombrosky's life for the past five years. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through Jan 31.
* THE FEMALE AIM
The brief timeline of photography--perhaps the most markedly uterine of the dominant visual arts--is dotted with an abundance of principal figures of the fairer sex. See G. Gibson's latest show (presented in conjunction with the current Frye exhibition) featuring the stunning works of Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, Lisette Model, and Imogen Cunningham, to name very, very few. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through Feb 28.
* JOHN FEODOROV
Feodorov's Myths and Prophesies takes a very welcome stab at consumer culture (I feel like I've been documenting a coupon book for the last month here) through the lens of Native American tradition and spirituality. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Jan 25.
GODS AND MONSTERS
Crossing the great mystic divide, Roq la Rue presents a holiday group show focused on the titular theme, with participants such as Yumiko Kayukawa, Jim Blanchard, Lisa Petrucci, and Tim Gabor. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Jan 31.
Installations of material--wood, paper, bamboo, and glass--that embrace natural process as an intrinsic element of structure. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Also Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Feb 1.
* MATTHEW LANDKAMMER, BEN DALLAS
Delicate curvature hinting at distortion, Landkammer's Meniscus forges acrylic to bent panel arcing from the gallery walls. Coupled with Chicago artist Dallas' "wood constructions." Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684.
MEMBERS' JURIED EXHIBITION
The PCNW's kitchen sink, as selected by the Henry's chief curator, Elizabeth Brown. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Jan 30.
Sculptor Mosley creates works in direct response to previous King County Art Gallery exhibitions. I have no idea what this is about. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Jan 31.
* JODI ROCKWELL, KARUNA "TOI" SENNHAUSER
"In Toi Sennhauser's past performances, she's poured milk over her bare legs and had bright berry jam dripped--ever so slowly and bloodily--over her thumb, which stuck lonely and alone out of a felt backdrop. This month she's teamed up with sculptor Jodi Rockwell to produce a gallery full of food-as-art, including heaps of sugar, armies of eggs, and portraits done in candy--all of which will change over the course of the month as it variously rots or disintegrates." (Emily Hall) Soil Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Jan 26.
Recent Chicago import Rumold's premier solo exhibition in Seattle, presenting visual oil abstractions on acetate. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 325-8943. Through Jan 23.
Fish-stamped (yes, I said fish-stamped) collages on rice paper, in the traditional style of Gyotaku. Elliott Bay Art, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through March 5.
TOM SEBRING, DAVID TAYLOR
Alienation and decay--you know, what all the good stuff's always about--in acrylic and mixed media. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Jan 25.
THE TOY SHOW
Blocks, B.B. games, and bone dolls: Garde Rail's timely collection of toys by self-taught artists. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave, 721-0107. Through Jan 18.
* AMIR ZAKI
"In VLVH, Zaki's second solo show in Seattle, he contrasts images of suburban homes--compressed in the extreme so they grow skinny and tall--with strangely lush photographs of dying weeds. Now we grow close to the horrible fairy-tale feel of the suburbs, realm of the windowless Rapunzel tower, where souls wither and die... perhaps." (Emily Hall) James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Feb 1.
This week only. Best known for his sprawling, site-specific murals and installations, Gronk takes up a three-day residence in Tacoma with a bevy of lectures and demonstrations. Fri Jan 10-Sun Jan 12. Museum of Glass, 1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 253-396-1768.
SEATTLE PRINT FAIR
This week only. Thousands upon thousands of woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs for sale in the trade-show ambiance of this third annual event. Sat Jan 11, 10 am-6 pm, Sun Jan 12, 11 am-5 pm. Seattle Center, Snoqualmie Room, 624-6700.
One night only. See Stranger Suggests. Thurs Jan 9 at 7 pm. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect Street, 654-3100. Ticket prices $5-$10.