1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
2003 NORTHWEST ANNUAL
It's worth remembering that this year's juror--Esther Luttikhuizen--represented two out of the three Seattle artists in Baja to Vancouver in her own gallery, which closed for lack of sales. What I'm trying to say is that this lady has some taste. Through Nov 19.
500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218.
* JASON PUCCINELLI
These empty stage sets were the basis for a debauched photo-shoot performance. "It is one thing to create a spectacle, and entirely another to make us see how we behave in one. What does it mean to long for things to get out of hand--for the insults, the mob mentality, the groveling in the blood? How absurd was this absurdity, that some people present mistook it for the real thing? And it is all the more complicated because Dazzle Camouflage tangled critique, spoof, and earnestness so inexorably that one's exquisitely calibrated sense of irony might not know what to make of it. " (Emily Hall) Through Nov 23.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT (EMP)
325 Fifth Ave N, 367-5483.
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: AMERICAN MUSIC
Every few years, they drag out Annie Leibovitz, to prove something about image-making and authenticity and celebrity, and call it "groundbreaking." Well. Here are new photographs of musicians. Through Jan 19.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* LEE BUL: LIVE FOREVER
All the glorious, sincere, heart-singing fun of karaoke, but in a series of self-contained pods (each with music related to a different theme), so that no one can hear you. Through Jan 11.
* JAMES TURRELL
Finally premiering the long-awaited skyspace addition to the Henry, Turrell continues his current exhibitions of 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 Feb 22.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
* BAJA TO VANCOUVER: THE WEST COAST AND CONTEMPORARY ART
"The feeling you get from B2V is that of a defining claim that does not exclude--West Coast artists looking at West Coast issues and West Coast themes, but not limited by them. It's a complex show, full of both icons and iconoclasm, and the slightly coy feeling that the curatoriat has asked a question and then denied asking it. But art, thank goodness, thrives on paradox, and much (but not all) of B2V's art rises to the occasion. " (Emily Hall) Through Jan 4.
ALLISON AGOSTINELLI, CHRISSA ARAZNY, SUSAN TILLITT
Works on evolution, in Growing Pains. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-9 pm. Forgotten Works Gallery, 619 Western Ave, fourth floor, 447-8855. Through Nov 22.
ANNE APPLEBY, SUSAN ROTHENBERG
Appleby's prints are minimal indeed--single colors taken from nature; somehow she gives them depth and life. With new lithographs by Rothenberg. Artists talk Sat Nov 8, noon; opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Nov 29.
New paintings. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Dec 6.
PAM BERGLUNDH, SHARON STRAUSS
Homey things and self-portraits by Berglundh, and abstractions by Strauss. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Nov 29.
RION BERRY, ANNA McKEE
Abstract multimedia and urban nature. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 7-9 pm. The Blue Door, 759 N 80th St, 783-2583. Through Dec 21.
Paint and metal assemblages that evoke given places. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through Nov 29.
JEANNE BRENNAN, JOHN DE WIT
Many of Brennan's sculptures--tiny works enclosed in glass--include birds; De Wit makes glass vessels. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Rainier Square Foster/White Gallery, 1331 Fifth Ave, 583-0100. Through Nov 30.
In Blink of an Eye, Davidson assembles over 500 paintings of the sky, no two of them alike. They might be fragments of the same moment, or a series of moments, or both. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 5-9 pm. Northwest Work Lofts, 3134 Elliott Ave, Suite 227, 604-0685. Through Nov 22.
JENN DELA CRUZ
A series of monotypes in Anywhere, There. Opening reception Sat Nov 8, 7-10 pm. Sev Shoon Arts Center, 5200 Ballard Ave NW, 782-2415. Through Nov 30.
SUSAN de WITT
Photographs of Mexico. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Cafe Paloma, 93 Yesler Way, 405-1920. Through Dec 1.
* ELLEN FORNEY, KRISTINE EVANS
Here are Forney's big naked ladies, and they are startling, many of them with that frank, open stare that's hard to look away from. With Evans' Titties & Boo-boos, which conflates nurses and naughtiness. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 7-11 pm. SAW Gallery, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Nov 26.
New paintings. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Alexis Hotel, 1007 First Ave, 624-4844. Through Jan 15.
Exploring, through drawing, photographs, and sculpture, states of transition. Opening reception Sun Nov 9, 2-4 pm. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Nov 30.
Paintings of stuff. An event later this month benefits the Seattle Animal Shelter. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 6-8 pm. Fountainhead Gallery, 625 W McGraw St, 285-4467. Through Nov 29.
Prints that combine images of highway overpasses and nude bathers. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-9 pm. Ace Studios, 619 Western Ave, 623-1288. Through Dec 2.
Paintings in oils and encaustic, in all possible styles, including strict abstraction and a kind of frenzied storybook illustration. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-9 pm. Pioneer Square Saloon, 77 Yesler Way, 322-7060. Through Dec 30.
MICHAEL KENNA, LARRY CALKINS, HEIDI KIRKPATRICK, BEVERLY RAYNER
Kenna's photographs of French lace factories; Calkins, Kirkpatrick, and Rayner contribute sculptures to an exhibition called Toys. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 5-8 pm. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through Dec 24.
JON LANGFORD, SEONNA HONG
Langford (best known as one of the Mekons) takes as a starting point for his paintings a kind of rootsy Americana, something he translates--as a foreigner--through observation rather than inheritance. With Hong's princessy girls. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 6-10 pm. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Nov 28.
RICH LEHL, BRAD RUDE
Lehl's curious brand of surrealism often seems to be taking place in the middle of some dark, ambiguous narrative; with bronze animals by Rude. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Atelier 31, 2500 First Ave, 919-3363. Through Nov 30.
Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 5:30-8 pm. Pioneer Square Foster/White Gallery, 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833. Through Nov 30.
DAVID MARTY, SUSAN OGILVIE
Landscapes, and landscapes. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Kimzey Miller Gallery, 1225 Second Ave, 682-2339. Through Nov 26.
K. McCORY, DEBBIE ABELSON
Sexy! Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-9 pm. Toys in Babeland, 707 E Pike St, 328-2914. Through Nov 30.
BENNETT McKNIGHT, JOE PLOTTS & DAN WEISER, CHRISTOPHER DYER & JASON McHENRY
Lots of stuff: McKnight's Chalkboard Poetry, Plotts and Weiser's documentary about AIDS survivors, and Dyer and McHenry's 52 Weeks, a series of shadow-box diaries. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 6-9 pm. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St, Suite 100, 349-9943. Through Nov 30.
The artist's cigar-box paintings. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Pl, 443-3315. Through Nov 29.
WILLIAM MORRIS, TRINH NGUYEN
Morris is about as bad a boy as the glass world has produced, sort of a high-priced glass cowboy. With cast-glass sculpture by Nguyen. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 5-8 pm. Friesen Gallery, 1210 Second Ave, 628-9501. Through Nov 29.
DANIEL NOONE, ELWOOD McLOUD
Lots and lots of paintings. Opening reception Sat Nov 8, 7-10 pm. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Dec 4.
BRIAN NOVATNY, GWEN DAVIDSON, BLANKA DVORAK
The dully and daily domestic transformed (by Novatny); abstraction that "frames" nature (by Davidson); and politically charged prints (by Dvorak). Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Davidson Gallery, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Nov 29.
Paschkis' illustrations often seem to have stepped mid-story out of an Eastern European fairy tale; here are new paintings involving word games. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Dec 12.
New paintings. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6. 7hill Gallery, 1417 10th Ave, 579-8923. Through Nov 30.
Paintings of flowers and landscapes and people and people in landscapes with... flowers. Opening reception Sat Nov 8, 7-10 pm. Fremont Drum Gallery, 900 N 34th St, 632-1096. Through Nov 30.
Paintings of Seattle neighborhoods in sepia tones. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Torrefazione Italia, 320 Occidental Ave S (and branches), 818-3941. Through Feb 28.
New photographs--blurred, indistinct, but still a bit nostalgic--in Seen and Not Seen. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 6-8 pm. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Nov 29.
CORDY RYMAN, PHILLIP ZARETSKY
Ryman's jagged, irregular-shaped paintings are like road signs after a collision; Zaretsky's earthy sculptures are about man and nature. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 5-8 pm. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through Nov 30.
Letterpress prints by half of the excellent printing duo Stern and Faye. Opening reception next month. Elliott Bay Cafe Gallery, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through Jan 7.
Works that reconcile--or not--science and religion. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 6-10 pm. Viveza Gallery, 2604 Western Ave, 956-3584. Through Nov 29.
ZOE DAWN WILSON
Deft, furious works that depend on a thorough, cartoonish cosmology. Opening reception Fri Nov 7, 6-9 pm. ToST, 513 N 36th St, 547-0240. Through Dec 31.
The relationship between inside and outside investigated through ceramic sculpture, some deliberately broken and reassembled. Opening reception Thurs Nov 6, 6-8 pm. CDA Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-8674. Through Nov 28.
Final week. It seems oxymoronic: heavy-metal sculpture with a spontaneous feel. And yet, it exists. Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1413 Post Alley, 334-5040. Through Nov 7.
* TONY DE LOS REYES, KEN FANDELL
Two artists, united by blue: Fandell's montaged sky photographs (which are grand and godlike and weird) and de los Reyes' Delft-y details from romantic, pastoral works. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Nov 29.
Paintings of a sort of revealed abstraction--as though glimpsed through holes in the wall. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Jan 8.
Final week. Weird hybrid creatures. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Nov 9.
INNOCENCE AND JEST
Final Week. Ceramic work by Tim Foss, Saya Moriyasu, Joan Watkins, and Steve Gardener. Moriyasu's grouped dishes and cups and trays and vessels often have faces, making you more uneasy about your master/servant relationship with your tableware than you would think. Northwest Craft Center and Gallery, 305 Harrison St, 728-1555. Through Nov 8.
* ROY McMAKIN
Reviewed this issue. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Nov 15.
CYREETA MITCHELL, SARA RAMOS
Final week. Sculpture and prints from a student and her mentor. Emergence Gallery, 1914 Fourth Ave, 292-41412. Through Nov 10.
Final week. Artists and students team up to invoke a sleazy by-the-hour motel. CMA Gallery, University of Washington, 4205 Mary Gates Memorial Dr. Through Nov 10.
A hagiography of television characters. Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through Nov 30.
JOHN SCHUH, WM. A. HERBERHOLTZ
Schuh's enormous photo collages, and Herberholtz's assemblages of metal and other materials. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through Nov 29.
SPECIMEN: NINE INVESTIGATIONS OF NATURE
The art world's ongoing fascination with artificial nature is only as good as the artists who turn their attention to it. Promising here: Mandy Greer, as ever, and Debra Baxter, who has turned from explosive ripped paintings to big fuzzy entities made of what look like face-powder applicators. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Nov 30.
* KATY STONE
In Degrees of Appearance, Stone creates a shifting, ephemeral-seeming space with layers of painted acetate. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 684-7312. Through Jan 9.
TALLER DE GRçFICA POPULAR
Prints by Mexican artists that reflect social and cultural identity. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through Nov 29.
* JOHN TAYLOR
Taylor turns all kinds of wreckage--driftwood, rusted metal, old stamps--into models of historical ships that have a commanding presence. It's as if the previous life of all that junk was only a prelude to art. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through Nov 29.
Final week. Photographs, drawn from the city's portable collection, that suggest narrative in one way or another. City Space, Bank of America Tower, 701 Fifth Ave, third floor, 749-9525. Through Nov 7.
Art about shoes. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. Through Nov 14.
Final week. Art from one of the Carnival Reverie guys. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 860-7377. Through Nov 7.
CLAYTON BROTHERS, JOE SORREN, ERIC WHITE BOOK SIGNING
Like a supergroup, kind of. All these masters of lowbrow, signing books in one room. Sun Nov 9, 5-8 pm. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977.
* FOURTH ANNUAL SHRINKY-DINK ART AUCTION
One of the most inventive charity auctions around--and the results are often surprisingly good. Includes work by too many good locals to list. Preview Thurs Nov 6, 7 am to 7 pm; silent auction starts at 7 pm. Zeitgeist Art and Coffee, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497.
* JEFFRY MITCHELL
Mitchell's ceramics, prints, and installations often contain extremely cute animals and often poke fun at the artist himself. Nevertheless, they are not whimsical or dismissible--they're often quite sublime. Fri Nov 7, 6-8 pm. Microsoft Redmond Campus, Baker Room, Building 33 Conference Center, 425-703-1800.
MY DAILY CONSTITUTION
The idea is to get everyone talking about democracy and rights and government. One can very nearly predict how such conversations will unroll here in talky, gentle-lefty Seattle, but Los Angeles artist Linda Pollack, armed with 5,000 copies of the Constitution--have you ever actually read it?--is willing to give it a shot. Each location will feature a different topic; conversations continue into next week:
Thurs Nov 6, 7-9 pm: The First Amendment, Democracy, and Corporate Mass Media. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St, 725-7517.
Fri Nov 7, 7-9 pm: Is Super Max Confinement Cruel and Unusual? Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee, 605 1/2 S Main St, 515-4000.
Sat Nov 8, 1-3 pm: Collisions Between Globalization and Constitutional Values. Cafe Allegro, 4214 University Way NE, 633-3030.