510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.
* E.V. DAY: G-FORCE
Stealth panties! Liberated (according to the artist) from the low-rise, high-thong conundrum on women's backsides, they fly across BAM's lobby toward a tasteful target. Through June 1.
FASHION: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Because all legitimate fine art is apparently dead and gone, the Bellevue Art Museum continues its crusade to recontextualize everything, with a celebration of fancy-schmancy clothes. Through Sept 2.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART
1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
Big metal stuffs, featuring Allison Gates Siphron, Tony Knapp, Kendra Grace Brock, Tamsie Ringler, and more. Opening reception Sat May 3, 8 pm-1 am. Through May 28th.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* BRIAN JUNGEN
Vancouver artist Jungen takes the dreary model of consumerism--from lawn furniture to tennis shoes--and reconfigures it into the exotic in his first stateside solo exhibition. Through May 25.
* JAMES TURRELL
New light installations, with models and drawings from his literally monumental Roden Crater--a volcano in Arizona he is resculpting in order to, in his words, "reshape the sky." Through Oct 5.
* GILLIAN WEARING
Final week. In 10-16, a work from 1997 now showing at the Henry, Wearing taped interviews with children and then hired middle-aged actors to lip-synch the children's words. It's such a simple premise, but one that contains so many variables that it develops in complexity the more you watch it--exactly the opposite of a punch line. Through May 4.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
INTERNATIONAL ABSTRACTION PART 1: MAKING PAINTING REAL
Opening. SAM explores the initial abstract explosion that took place after the First World War, with works by Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Through Feb 2004.
* CHARLES LeDRAY
Reviewed this issue. Through July 27.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
* ED RUSCHA
The familiar landscapes of Hollywood find their grimy way into our fair city, and we have only Ruscha to blame. Open run.
ART STRIPPED BARE
It's four solo exhibitions by artists Adele Sypesteyn, Suzanne Fokine-Thomas, Cheryl H. Hahn, and Andree Carter, but Art Stripped Bare is united only implicitly, in its use of indirect subject matter and text. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 5-8 pm. Atelier 31 Gallery, 2500 First Ave, 448-5250. Through May 31.
MAGDA BAKER, NINA FRENKEL
Narrative works of humor and gore with Baker's text- driven, mixed-media prints. Also featured are the collage scenes of Frenkel. Opening reception Sat May 3, 6-9 pm. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day, 323-0562. Through May 31.
ROSS PALMER BEECHER, MARTIN PURYEAR
Junk assemblages made beautiful: Beecher's portraits of Americana stitched and quilted in metals and fabric, with Puryear's reserved etchings. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-8 pm. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through May 31.
Brophy's melancholy environmental satire in oil. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-8 pm. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through May 31.
Paintings in oil, wood, and wax. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-9 pm. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through June 14.
DR. T. F. CHEN
A recipient of the United Nations Global Tolerance Award, Chen presents bright acrylics on canvas that seem of particular interest to Folk Life T-shirt vendors. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 5-9 pm. Global Art Venue, 314 First Ave S, 264-8755. Through June 2.
ALLISON COLLINS, MARK REDISKE
Landscapes and "ceramic vessels," respectively. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 5:30-8 pm. Foster/White Gallery, 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833. Through May 25.
Bold surrealism from behind the Iron Curtain. Opening reception Fri May 2, 6-10 pm. Pitcairn-Scott Gallery, 2207 Second Ave, 842-4239. Through May 27.
MARITA DINGUS, GAIL GRINNELL
Dingus' mixed-media works of wire, fabric, and plastic objects reference the woven work associated with slavery--baskets, quilts, and fences. With Grinnell's dots. Opening reception Sun May 4, 2-4 pm. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through June 1.
DRESS ME UP
Visions of the vain and deceptive--seven women make their case for the narcissism of artifice. Featuring work by Nicole Agbay Cherubini, Donna Conlon, Linda Ford, Karen Liebowitz, and others. Opening reception Sat May 3, 7-10 pm. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through June 1.
HAROLD E. EDGERTON
Photo Center honors renowned MIT scientist Edgerton, the guy responsible for popularizing the photographic flash, as well as all of those frozen-frame bullet pictures in your high-school physics book. Opening reception Fri May 2, 6-8 pm. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through May 29.
PATTI BEZZO FOX, BRIAN STROBEL
Simple, sleepy subjects in explicit detail with Fox's tree paintings and Strobel's everyday objects. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-8 pm. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 780-6716. Through May 31.
Evocative, playful abstractions on wood. Opening reception Sat May 3, 7-11 pm. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 625-1592.
Photographic documents of the toil taken on the people of Afghanistan. Opening reception Sat May 3, 8-10 pm. Retail Therapy, 905 E Pike St, 324-4092. Through May 31.
Leavitt's one-of-a-kind pop-culture action figures, his "Art Army," battle for the good of mankind, one blindingly obvious societal satire at a time. Opening reception Sat May 3, 6-10 pm. The Green Room, 1426 First Ave, 628-0221. Through June 30.
Experiments with Light represents local photographer Meyer's latest works in subtly altered reality. Opening reception Wed May 7, 6-9 pm. ToST, 513 N 36th St, 547-0240. Through June 30.
Sculptor Ohira uses the remains of the recently demolished Victorian house that once held the University of Puget Sound's sculpture department as the medium for his new works. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 5-8 pm. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through May 31.
Abstract, organic, and stylish collages by San Francisco artist and designer Ray. Velocity Art & Design, 2206 Queen Anne Ave N #201, 781-9494. Through June 30.
Schminke's debut solo show in Seattle mixes digital printing technology with traditional media to produce her renowned three-dimensional prints. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-9 pm. One Union Square, 600 University St, 399-6089. Through Aug 30.
Flowers. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-8 pm. Grand Central Building, 222 First Ave S, 623-6660. Through May 31.
Thomas presents tasteful oils of Sloth, the lost goonie. Opening reception Thurs May 1st, 10 pm-2 am. Re-Bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873. Through May 31.
Mid-century modern food dishes in large-scale still life. Lux, 2226 First Ave, 447-8855. Opening reception Sat May 3, 6-8 pm. Through May 31.
SHIRLEY BARGER TRAVIS
Abstract paintings with "a distinct Asian influence." Opening reception Sat May 3, 7-10 pm. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through June 5.
"Deceptively simple" sculptures. And to think I almost mistook them for "mind-numbingly simple" sculptures. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-8 pm. Through May 31.
XIAOZE XIE, LEE CHUL SOO, FRANCISCO GOYA
The regular Davidson hodgepodge, this time with Xie's still lifes of piled newspaper, Soo's woodcuts, and prints by Goya. Opening reception Thurs May 1, 6-8 pm. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through May 31.
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS ART BFA EXHIBIT
It's mortarboard season, which brings with it the yearly barrage of graduate art shows from every institution in town. Here's another one. Cornish College Senior Studios, 306 Westlake Ave, 622-1951. Through May 9.
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS DESIGN BFA EXHIBIT
Final week. See above, but with extra words and lines or something. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218. Through May 7.
Final week. Sweeping landscapes of confinement: Bunting's large-scale oil depictions of penitentiaries in Big Sky Country. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. Through May 2.
A work in progress, Falchuk's sculpture reflects our city's controversial public forum, combining four telephone poles and a mess of torn paper--with "viewer participation encouraged." Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1417 Post Alley, 286-9096. Through May 31.
JEANNIE GRISHAM, BARBARA BENEDETTI NEWTON
Grisham's murky mixed media on canvas, with Newton's crystal-clear still lifes in watercolor and pencil. ArtsWest Gallery, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through May 17.
YUMIKO KAYUKAWA, JOHN JOHN JESSE
Final week. The Kayukawa fantasy factory churns out 16 new frigid forms of the feminine in her aggressively cute style. With Jesse's troubled pinups. Roq la Rue Gallery, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through May 2.
The second in Garde Rail's great white curatorial series Blame Canada, Toronto-based "outsider" artist McGlynn presents her wood and canvas assemblages. Inside. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through May 31.
Designy, abstract squigglies in charcoal. Little Theatre Gallery, 610 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through May 25.
STUDIO WORKS: SCCC'S FINE ARTS PROGRAM
Graduate deluge continued. M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, 344-4379. Through May 15.
* ROBERT YODER
Fragmented mosaics of tiled bits of magazine, and strict, formalist assemblages of LEGO blocks. These small, tight, controlled gestures grow louder the longer you look at them, as if rocketing through an echo chamber. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through May 23.
One night only. Some kinda crazy mess of folks with funny names come together for... something? Featuring dk pan, Viox, Pipi, PlanetJanet, and others. Luscious Studios, 321 Third Ave S #205, 622-4252. Thurs May 1 at 6:30 pm.
HER HOME MAGIC SET
Final week. An intriguing multidisciplinary exposition on the oppressed housewife of the 1950s, in a weeklong installation/performance piece as crafted by Manual Arts Theater and Vanessa DeWolf. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 227-7757. $6-$12. See manarts.blog-city.com for full details. Through May 4.
I HEART RUMMAGE!
One day only. The value of this highbrow flea market for local artists and designers is twofold: On top of providing an immediate support system for talented locals, it allows us lazy laymen more artistic bang for our proverbial buck. Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave, 441-5611. Sun May 4, noon--4 pm.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM'S 24 HOUR PARTY
This week only. To celebrate the grand opening of their fancy new building, the Tacoma Art Museum hosts a 24 hour party throughout our surly sister city to the south. See www.tacomaartmuseum.org for full details. Begins Sat, May 3 at 5 pm.
This week only. The "guerrilla" artists of Seattle have alerted us, through the clandestine medium of the "press release," that they've got an antiwar fashion show planned for this week at the city's major institution. I'm sure Che would be proud. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3100. Sat May 3 at noon. Also 3 pm at Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.