Lectures and Events
CHALKWALK The sidewalks outside BAM will be transformed into veritable blackboards by local artists. Sat. Aug. 22-Sun. Aug 24, Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770.
SAM AFTER HOURS OUTDOORSThe vacant lot destined to be SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park in 2005 plays host to the museum's monthly Thursday evening festivities. The line-up looks very promising: folk-rocker Damien Jurado, dance troupe 33 Fainting Spells, pop group The Lashes, and various other MCs and DJs. 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Thurs. Aug 21. Olympic Sculpture Park (Western Ave. and Broad St.), free, 206-654-3100.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY Given everything we've lost under the Patriot Act, one can only wish it was the U.S. Constitution that was touring around. Instead it's the original Declaration of Independence (actually, one of 25 remaining copies printed on July 4, 1776). Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E. (Montlake), 206-324-1126. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
HOWARD HOUSE Sean Duffy's "Sorry Entertainer" is a tired set of riffs on the whole grunge thing: Olympia Beer t-shirts, a guitar constructed partially from a chainsaw, etc. Cole Case's "Recent Paintings" are odd Technicolor imaginings of Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer's earthworks in the deserts of the American West. Each of Case's paintings, which draw their color palate from tacky roadside velvet art, is fenced in with tiny beads of oil alkyd. 2017 Second Ave., 206-256-6399 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Aug 23.
SECLUDED ALLEY WORKS Costume designer K.D. Schill's amalgam of baseball and religion, "The Hall of Fame: Team Catholic features musical score by Craig Flory. 113 12th Ave. (at Yesler), 206-839-0880. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Aug. 24.
SCCC ART GALLERY Mal Pina Chan's series of monoprints, "A Single Journey," employs a mosaic of immigration papers, photos, and documents to investigate her parents' migration from Hong Kong to the United States. 801 E. Pine, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Fri. Aug. 22.
SOIL "Ardent Labor," SOIL's show of nine artists, including Diana Falchuk, Juniper Shuey and Paul Margolis, takes as its starting point the Japanese tradition in which a soldier's mother has a thousand members of her village sew a single stitch onto a sash to carry into battle. Mandy Greer's deer and flowers construction fashioned from her grandmother's dress and fabric scraps; and Laura MacCary's interactive textiles, created with the help of her father and electronics buff Lawrence, which incorporate discarded audio tape and electronically-sensitive materials. 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Sat. Aug 24.
ACE STUDIOS In Rebecca Woodhouse's "Silence is Coming" the paintings are anything but silent: throughout, there's a constant chattersnippets of phrases, lyrics, and writing so thickly applied that it begins to vanish into abstract compositions. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat., or by appointment.
ARTEMIS Deborah Bells' latest series of paintings, "Noodlings" and "Inklings" incorporate found images (art images, aircraft navigation charts) into her otherwise doodly and playful abstract exercises. 3107 S. Day St. (Mount Baker), 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ARTSWEST "Mixing Media:" felt, photo collage, and pastels by local artists Zia Gipson, Patricia Rogers, Pam Ferrell, and Karen Schroeder. 4711 California Ave. S.W. (West Seattle), 206-938-0963. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ATELIER 31 Doug Smithenry's grouped series of fractured paintings are peopled with baton-wielding cops, marathon dancers, and jock-strap-clad cowboyscombining striking color, clunky animation, and fun-house mirror distortion. The source of all this jumbling: downloaded pictures from the web, crumpled and folded before finding new life under oil paints. It's goofy, but accomplished. Plus, abstract paintings and sculptures by Mark Bennion and gridded psychological portraits by Deborah Putnoi. 2500 First Ave., 206-448-5250. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Tues.; 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
BENHAM A showcase of three Latino/Latin American photographers: Argentina's Javier Lopez Rotella, whose shaved-headed nude figures seem to glow like silent movie stills; Mexican-born New York photographer (and Ph.D. molecular biologist) Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, creator of ghostly meditations on science and identity; and Guatemala's Luis Gonzalez Palma, whose sepia-esque portraits have the urgency and serious intensity of Victorian-era photographs. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.
BLUEBOTTLE Bluebottle bridges the divide between commercial galleries and the raucous street merchants/artists who populate Occidental Park each First Thursday. This decidedly affordable gallery's co-owner, Matthew Porter, is also an artist, and this month's show, "Not Your Average Alphabet," offers more of his cute-weird, childish-fiendish stuff. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
CAROLYN STALEY This two-part exhibition (one in August, the other in September) of animals portrayed in 19th and 20th-century Japanese prints includes a sumi scroll of a boy and bull by Shibata Zeshin, Utagawa Yoshitoyo's picture of a trapped leopard, and Ohara Koson's kacho (bird and flower studies). 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
CLASSICAL GRANDS & GALLERIES The endearing circusy-fantasy world of Kamala Dolphin-Kingsleywhose lush paintings draw inspiration from tattoo art and art nouveauis a place populated with frogs, miniature dogs, and big-eyed princesses. 1900 4th Avenue, 206-297-6717. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Mon.
CDA GALLERY "QUILTING IS FOR PUSSIES" exclaims a street sign in one of Paul Margolis' quilted sculpturesalthough the work's title makes it clear what's going on, for those who don't get the joke: "You Take Their Insult and Make it Your Anthem." Margolis enters the world of Sunbonnet Sue and comes away with some nifty stuff, most notably a lifesize quilted City of Seattle meter maid cart. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-528-6878. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
COCA "People Doing Strange Things with Electricity" is a CoCA's sizeable show of local artists trying their hand at "dorkbot" art: electronic stuff that's cool but useless. 1420 11th Ave., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
DAVIDSON Ann Duffy's pop-artsy views of Seattle and SoCal are studies in neon, early morning light, and formal composition. Also, huge plein air paintings of the American West and the Netherlands by Dutch-born painter Henk Pander. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
FOSTER/WHITE RAINIER SQUARE Catharine Newell's "frit painting" people portraits achieve luminescence through layer upon layer of kiln-baked glass powders. 1331 Fifth Ave, 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
FRANCINE SEDERS Michael Howard's small scale paintings of houses have a certain Edward Hopper-esque concern for light and form, yet aren't terribly compelling; other paintings such as "Anstatt Site" turn construction sites into academic, " work in progress" abstract images. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
GALLERY 110 Ronald Hall's sometimes harrowing, sometimes gripping paintings thrust an intensely personal vision of contemporary black existence onto the canvas. "Niggas Born Into Sin," dredges up lingering subconscious racist images to devastating effect, while other paintings grapple with self-image and race. Also on display: "Roadside Attractions," Steve Miller's photographs of crumbling human landscapes. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GARDE RAIL A sampler of new Northwest folksy-outsider art, including Ree Brown's splashy pictures of critters and neighborhood folks on paper bags and cardboard; Ann Grgich's complex, inward-looking paintings, and Tom Fowler's wood carvings of home-repair and sports-crazed demonoids. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
G. GIBSON A twelfth-anniversary show includes photographs of a liquid nature by William Christenberry, Richard Misrach, Mona Kuhn, Keith Carter, Susan Seubert, and others. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
GREG KUCERA In "Kentucky Windage," bad-boy Jack Daws proves he's one of city's most daring conceptual artists (even though he deserves to rot in hell for cutting off bike locks and replacing them with his own). Subtlety isn't in Daws' vocabularymost of the work is meant to shock. There's an American flag bleached of color; "Mama Tried," a playpen fitted with barbed wire and electric fence; "Origins of the World," photos of various-and-sundry coochie snatchers; and the deadpan "Still Life With Watermelon," a veritable catalog of stereotypes. I'm extremely fond of "Two Towers," a bitterly funny swipe at 9-11 memorial hype: a photograph of twin towers built exclusively from McDonald's french fries and Heinz ketchup. Also, don't miss South African artist William Kentridge's existential paintings and sketches based on the writings of Italo Svevo. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Award winners from the 2003 Printmaking Biennial, including work by local artists Susan Gans and Nina Zingale. 620 Market, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
LINDA HODGES Karen Yurkovich's compositions of flowers, branches, and fruits offer a vaguely spiritual field-guide to natural forms. She earns bonus points for using non-toxic, all-natural paints. 316 First Ave., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
LISA HARRIS Painter John Cole has been part of the Northwest arts scene for thirty years, and just I can't help enjoying his collection of recent plein air oil paintings of local landscapes, even though there's nothing particularly groundbreaking about them. In the tradition of Emily Carr and other figurative Pacific Northwest painters, Cole's work evokes airy, light-filled riverscapes and forest clearings. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
ROQ LA RUE Since the early DEVO days, and through his work as a composer for such films as The Royal Tenenbaums, Mark Mothersbaugh has created tens of thousands of handmade postcards and mailed them to his friends. "Homefront Invasion" offers up inexpensive limited prints of this weirdly childlike, adolescent cards. In Mothersbaugh's photo collages, ink stamps, and sketches, you'll find bad smells, gunplay, Jesus panties, freakshow children and all sorts of weirdness that adults are afraid to see. What's truly admirable about this show are the low prices: with all those music royalties rolling in, Mothersbaugh can afford to bring his postcard sideshow to the masses. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
TOM LANDOWSKI With the seemingly critic-proof title "If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Then Come and Sit By Me," Jennifer Hellman's bed filled with 85 pillows with designs inspired by literature has the advantage of being comfy if it turns out to be boring. Also, Joe Burmeister's obsessive quest to build a working sampan: complete with boat, sculptures, and sketches. 403 Cedar St., 206-380-2172. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Tues.-Fri, 11. a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM Roy Lichtenstein's Times Square Mural. Well, not the mural itself, but a full-scale reproduction (albeit in black and white), plus some auxiliary materials used by the artist in its creation. "Fashion: The Greatest Show on Earth" traces the evolution of the runway show into a "new breed of performance art." "Bounce/In Through the Out Door" features Canadian artists Myfanwy MacLeod, Damian Moppett, Brian Jungen (whose "Shapeshifter" miraculously fashions a whale skeleton from cheap lawn chairs), and David Armstrong-Six. Also, a retrospective of Doris Chase, an early pioneer of video and digitally interactive art, who back in the late 1960's worked with Boeing engineers to design her first film, "Circles I." 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. Thurs), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART "Five Part Harmony:" abstract monoprints by longtime Seattle artist Elizabeth Sandvig, as well as glass by Pilchuck alum Deborah Horrell and modernist sculpture by M.J. Anderson, Anne Hirondelle, and Julie Speidel. 121 South First St., La Conner, 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM SAM opens the second installment of its "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real" by digging into its collection and coming up with fine examples of the post-World War II abstract expressionist and minimalist movements. Pollock, Frank Stella, and Arhile Gorky are well represented, but the surprises will come in work by lesser know artists, including one-time Western Washington University student and mystical minimalist Agnes Martin. Part I offers work by heavy hitters Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Marcel Duchamp. In "Painted Visions from India and Pakistan," two exhibits examine the art of India and Pakistan over six centuries: "Intimate Worlds" offers 140 miniature court paintings from the Philadelphia Art Museum's Bellak Collectiontiny worlds populated with Hindu gods, entangled lovers, and plump noblemen. In "Conversations with Traditions" Indian artist Nijima Sheikh and Pakistani artist Shahzia Sikander bridge the religious and political divides on the South Asian subcontinent. "The View From Here: The Pacific Northwest 1800-1930" offers up a predicable potpourri of paintings, photographs, and Native American art from the region's first boomtime: an Albert Bierstadt painting, an Imogen Cunningham photograph, etc. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM "Discovering Buddhist Art: Seeking the Sublime, " recycles Buddhist pieces from the museum's permanent collection to highlight the diversity of Buddhist sacred art, from simple, quiet Bodhisattva sculptures to colorful Tibetan thanka paintings. Also on display, luminous Japanese prints from the 19th century onward, including atmospheric, nocturnal scenes by Kawase Hasui. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.