Lectures and Events
ARTIST LECTURE: ALFREDO ARREGUIN The Mexican-born Seattle painter talks about his work, which combines the visionary and the mythological.6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed. Oct. 15, Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.
OPENING PARTY The Henry launches its fall exhibitions (see Openings, below) with a karaoke-fueled blowout. Hors d'oeuvres and drinkables; SunTzu provides noise. 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Fri. Oct. 17. $10. Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, 206-543-2280.
MUMMY MADNESS I'm not sure that an event entitled "Mummy Madness!" is really in keeping with an exhibit entitled "Reverent Remembrance," but whatever. We're talking an all-day mummy extravaganza with plenty of kiddie activities, in-house Egyptologists and a pyramid expert. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Oct. 18, UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., free with admission, 206-543-5590.
ART DETOUR 2003 This week's edition of CoCA's annual event opens artists' studios in West Seattle, Columbia City, Georgetown, and Beacon Hill. Closing night festivities take place at CoCA. Noon-6 p.m. Sat. Oct. 18 and Sun. Oct. 19, various locations. Closing party: 7 p.m., Sat. Oct. 19, CoCA, 1420 11th Ave., $5-$20, 206-709-4573.
SOUND WORKSHOP: PERRI LYNCH The Seattle media artist discusses the creation of audio-based art, including her current installation "Precisely Known, Completely Lost." 2 p.m. Sat. Oct. 18, Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., free, 206-634-0919.
CONWORKS OPENING PARTY SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 97.
ARTIST APPEARANCE: THOMAS KINKADE Perhaps you've heard of Thomas Kinkade. He is a painter. He is the most popular painter in America. In fact, he is the "Painter of Light™." He gives away large sums of money, which he earns by relentlessly marketing his paintings in such venues as QVC. They have pretty names like "The Ole Fishin' Hole." Several million American art lovers can't be wrong. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun. Oct. 19. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave, 425-397-0221.
BLACK LAB These ain't no Barbies...Sara Lanzillotta and Jessica Geigers "Devil Dolls" portray women and girls "on the margins:" big-busted demons, cigarette-sucking hipsters, and the like. Reception: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Oct. 18. 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
HENRY ART GALLERY South Korean avant-garde artist Lee Bul's "Live Forever" comprises several sleek, soundproof "karaoke pods" that apparently address issues of media saturation, solitude, pop culture, and immortality. Also opening will be "Architecture and Light," photographs from the Henry' Monsen collection, sketches by director Federico Fellini, monochromatic paintings in homage to Alexander Rodchenko, and a joint textile/paper mobile installation by Polly Apfelbaum and Pae White. Opens Sat. Oct. 18. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
SECLUDED ALLEY WORKS In the third installment of Secluded Alley Works' "Human Super Structure" series of brief installations, Neil Bashor explores the collision of humankind and nature in a series of dams created from cast plaster. Reception: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri. Oct. 17. Ends Sun. Oct. 19. 113 12th Ave. (at Yesler), 206-839-0880. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
PACE STUDIOS Seattle artist Su Job's "Soft Porn" transforms ubiquitous Internet porn images into carefully stitched, almost abstract wool needlepoint, drawing attention to issues of sex work and disposable images. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
ARTEMIS Two dual shows by Kevin Wildermuth: "Scientific Method" features mixed media prints that incorporate found images into what look like scientific diagrams; "Artifacts" contains juxtaposed photographs of mundane, unnoticed everyday objects. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ATELIER 31 Rebecca Raven's paintings on aluminum and copper include "transfigurations"little portraits that can be rotated within their shadow boxes to reveal a hidden side to each subject. Also on display is Judith Kindler's "Defining Truth"paintings investigating girlhood and identity. 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.
BALLARD/FETHERSTON Seattle painter Michael Schulteis first trained as a mathematician and his new solo show of abstract paintings, "Correlations," is all about patterns, space, and music. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
BENHAM "Dreamscapes" serves up sensual photography from the dark night of consciousness by John Casado, Frank Dituri, Karin Rosenthal, and Bulgarian photographer Tseno. Also showing: "Beauty and Strength" a collection 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
BLUEBOTTLE Seattle schoolteacher and artist Erin Shafkind's "Falling Like Forever" includes whimsy-filled etchings and paintings. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
BON-MACY'S Photographs of children by Jennifer Loomis, in a gallery showing to raise money and awareness of UNICEF. 1601 Third Ave, 6th Floor Community Gallery, 206-506-6000.
BRYAN OHNO New acrylics on canvas by Whidbey Island painter Mary Henry, who in her mid-80s is still valiantly striving to create the perfect geometric abstract painting. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CDA GALLERY In Helen Curtis's "Caught," net-like structures enclose resin casts of bones and other detritusthought it didn't captivate me. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-528-6878. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
CITY SPACE Drawing upon the city's Portable Works collection, "Telling Stories: Narrative Photographs" presents images thick with stories open to multiple interpretation. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
COCA This year's juried Northwest Annual (curated by Esther Luttikhuizen, formerly of Esther Claypool Gallery) includes 2003 best of show winner, photographer Hugh Lentz as well as artists Lisa Lockhart, Junko Ijima, Paul Margolis, and Greg Lukens, whose onanist revision of Dick and Jane gives new meaning to the phrase "up and coming artist." 1420 11th Ave., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
DAVIDSON John Grade's "Route" includes sculptures that allude to microscopic structures in the natural worldone pays tribute to coccolithophore, a tiny organism that the white cliffs of Dover are composed of. Also on display: British artist Norman Ackroyd's moody etchings. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
FRANCINE SEDERS Juliana Heyne's "Road Trips" promises landscapes inspired by the vast open country of Eastern Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
G. GIBSON New-York born Colombian photographer Hector Acebe's black and white photographs, taken on expeditions to Africa in the late 1940s and early '50s, capture the traditional dress and ornamentation of African culture at the cusp of independence while lending a dignity to his subjects, whether they're prostitutes in Mali or tribesmen from Guinea. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
GALLERY 110 Possessing the shock value of Goya's "Disasters of War," Seattle artist Selma Waldman's "Naked/Aggression" series seeks to redefine obscenity. Just as Goya's etchings documented battlefield atrocities, Waldman's work is rife with violence. But integral to that violence are potent images of male sexuality: there are as many penises here as AK-47s. The show seems to raise the question: which is more obscene, a boner or a summary execution? The troubling implication of Waldman's work (and I'm not sure I agree with this) is that male sexuality is at the root of our troubles, from ethnic cleansing to regime change. Are we doomed by testosterone to endless cycles of violence? 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GALLERY 63 ELEVEN Jeff Mihalyo's "New and Forgotten Works" includes surreal paintings, drawings, and photographs that take cues from the natural world. 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
GARDE RAIL Self-taught artist John Taylor creates detailed and historically accurate vintage ships using found objects. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GREG KUCERA Sherry Markovitz's dazzlingly colorful and intricately beaded sculptures have more than skin-deep beautyher work is often about transformation. Buddha heads morph into vaguely animal creatures; upended dolls become emblems of childhood struggle; and "Hunting Dress" transforms fashion into a kind of spiritual armor. Beads, sequins, feathers, and a host of other materials give these pieces a showy, birdlike qualityone can't help thinking of taxidermy. But rather than simple trophies, the creatures in Markovitz's show at Kucera are about improving upon nature: a papier mache llama head festooned with a mantle of fur and beads becomes something rich and strange. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
GULASSA & CO. Leiv Fagereng's huge pop-art canvases in "Get It On While You Can" are loaded with vices, temptations, and big hair. 10 Dravus St. (near SPU), 206-283-1810. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
HOWARD HOUSE Seattle artist Dan Webb's carved wooden sculptures, plus several mixed-media, Rube Goldberg-like contraptions in which steel and glass balls navigate wooden tracks to approximate states of insomnia and daydreaming. 2017 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
JACK STRAW NEW MEDIA GALLERY Ever since Seattle artist and UW instructor Perri Lynch happened upon a metal disk with the word "Harry" stamped on it while on a walk in Discovery Park, she's become fascinated with benchmarksthose small bronze disks salted throughout America that once marked off boundaries, helped surveyors plot lines of property, and transformed the space of the frontier into rural, urban and industrial space. Tracking down the more than 500 survey stations and benchmarks throughout King County, Lynch has created a multimedia landscape based on these forgotten little landmarks. Both video and audio from taken each of these locations is joined with aerial photographs to create a digital pseudo-space that reminds us: You are here. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
JEFFREY MOOSE Vaguely erotic paintings by Colombian-born artist Gloria Ruiz, plus décor-friendly abstract canvases by Manya Drobnak.1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Curators Deborah Paine (former administrator of Microsoft's art collection) and Melinda Moshuk (curator at The Little Theater) have a shoe fetish of sorts. They somehow found 37 artists who've created works on the topic of shoes, and the result is "Well Heeled," a meditation on "shoes as muse." 620 Market, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; by appt. Sat.
KUHLMAN "Heaven and Hell," is a mixed show on devilish and angelic themes with work by Kipling West, Ellen Forney, Kamala Dolphin Kingsley, Jessica Dodge, Erin Norlin, and other locals. 2419 First, 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun.
KURT LIDTKE Stone sculpture by longtime Seattle artist James Washington, Jr. 408 Occidental Ave. S. 206-623-5082. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
LINDA HODGES Born in Michoacan, Mexico, and based in Seattle since 1959, artist Alfredo Arreguin's new collection of spiritual paintings possess a kaleidoscopic array of colors and forms. Native American motifs, Atzec symbols, and shimmers of color give some of this recent work the intensity of a peyote trip. 316 First Ave., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
LITTLE THEATRE Iggy Green's sculpted creatures resemble post-apocalyptic Muppets: Green uses fur, glass taxidermy eyes, and a mishmash of materials to create "Crossbreeds," little mutant figures that are part animal, part human. 608 19th Ave. E. (at Mercer), 206-675-2005. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION "Carbon River" collects photographs and paintings from the Carbon River Valley of Mount Rainier National Park in an effort to speed up conservation efforts in that region. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
NICO Urban visions by Seattle painter John Ohannesian and landscapes by Georgetown artist Sam Watts. 619 Western, Suite 22, 206-229-4593, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and by appointment.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST Lovely, colorful decay is abundant in Seth Thompson's photographs of bedrooms and other interiors in Mexico and Cuba. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
PITCAIRN SCOTT Allison Crane Trundle's big-motioned abstract canvases, plus Bruce Pitcairn's strange, haphazard paintings and sketches of flora and fauna. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
POST ALLEY SCULPTURE GARDEN Bent squiggles in steel by Randy Bolander. 413 and 1417 Post Alley (just below Pike Place Market), free, anytime.
PRICELESS WORKS Chloe Rizzo's oddly dainty "reanimator" sculptures are full of detached fingers and other body partsall the doilies and lace make them look like demented See's Candies. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
ROQ LA RUE "Grave Matters" brings together unapologetically morbid paintings and sculpture. Sure, there's a bit of Halloween hype going on here, but the art's still worth seeing. Topping the list of artists has to be Charles Krafft, whose "Ring of Spone" and other memento mori turn cremated last remains into to ceramic reliquaries. Also on tap among many artists will be Kenny Montana, who's created his own casket stocked for the afterlife, Kris Kuski's gothic paintings inspired by his father's deathbed, and Wayne Martin Belger's pinhole cameras (including one incorporating a formaldehyde-pickled human heart). 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
SOIL "The Farm Where My Mother Lives," documents four years on an overgrown sheep farm by Seattle photographer Kelly Kempe. 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
SOLOMON The resolutely abstract gallery features new sculptures from 1999 Cornish grad Nik Tongas that play with Greek mythology. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
SUYAMA SPACE In "Degrees of Appearance" Katy Stone creates another of her lush, site-specific installations using layer after layer of cascading painted acetate sheets. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809.
VIVEZA Variations on the theme of Dia de los Muertos (Mexico's Day of the Dead) in painting, sculpture, mixed media and video by 18 regional artists. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
WILLIAM TRAVER Polish-born artist and Seattle resident Anna Skibska's "In the Neighborhood" collects new work in keeping with her trademark métier: large, elemental shapes constructed from fine filaments of melted and stretched glass.110 Union St., second floor, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
WINSTON WÄCHTER William Wegman's wistful Weimaraners at Winston Wachter: new Wegman photos of the world's most famous (and patient) dogs of art. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ZEITGEIST Zany, totemic iron sculpture by Joeseph Keppler. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
BURKE MUSEUM "Reverent Remembrance," is the Burke's exploration of how five cultures deal with Mister Death: from an Egyptian mummy to the Celtic roots of Halloween. UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.).
FRYE ART MUSEUM "An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum," consists of 45 accomplished, but somewhat ho-hum royal family portraits, history paintings, and self-portraits culled from the walls of the Hermitage. Some of these painters were active members of Catherine the Great's court, including Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Marie-Anne Collot, and Christina Robertson. Other works were acquired during Catherine's reign, including a painting by Sofonisba Anguissola, a Renaissance-era painter whose work was often attributed to Titian in order to make it more saleable. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
PHENRY ART GALLERY James Turrell's otherworldly chambers of light throw wide the doors of perception. His new permanent pavilion, the Skyspace, magically re-frames the sky as a field of flat color (catch it near dusk if you have the chance). Then there's the traveling show "Crosscurrents: Contemporary Art from the Neuberger Berman Collection," an electric jolt of candy-colored fabulousness. Nothing wispy or subtle herejust oversized, high impact pieces like Gregory Crewdson's inexplicably hilarious chromogenic print of a mountain of junk in a suburban back yard and Don Brown's shiny all-pink cast resin sculpture of himself. Also on view is "On Wanting to Grow Horns: The Little Theatre of Tom Knechtel," surreal, decadent, vaguely allegorical paintings that draw on zoology and Freud; Aubrey Beardsley meets James Audubon. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
MUSEUM OF GLASS Possessing the same spare gestures of Zen brush and ink painters, Michael Kenna's black and white landscape photographs in the Museum of Glass show "Japan" evoke a simple, alternate dreamworld. "Glass of the Avant Garde" offers selections from the Torsten Brohan collection of middle European twentieth-century art glass. Plus: a new triptych installation by Seattle artist Cappy Thompson that lays out, in mythic form, the evolution of glass art. 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat, 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's ambitious "Baja to Vancouver" collects representational art in various media by young artists all along the Pacific Coast. It affords an excellent opportunity to see work by contemporary Mexican artists: Tijuana-born Marcos Ramirez, who creates installations that critique national myths and borders; Yvonne Venegas, who photographs Tijuana's upper-middle-class; and ToroLab, an multi-discipline artists' consortium founded by architect Raúl Cárdenas Osuna. The second installment in SAM's "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real" digs into its collection and comes 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. I "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. "A Feast" two contemporary scrolls by Chinese ink painter Li Jin, includes one 59-foot behemoth that pokes fun at the excesses of Chinese celebrations and cuisine. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM A retrospective of 40 years of landscapes and portraits from Bay Area painter Nathan Oliveira. Plus Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiori" (a thousand flowers to you and me). 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM "It's Like That: APAs and the Seattle Hip-Hop Scene," explores the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the music, graffiti art, dance, and other modes of expression in the city's burgeoning hip-hop community. Exhibits feature DJ Nasty Nes (aka Nestor Rodriguez) the Seattle-based clothing line Mecca, and MC Karim Panni. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.