Visual Arts Picks

SUMMER INTRODUCTIONS

A satisfying little show of work from emerging artists, "Summer Introductions" showcases abstract paintings by a number of locals. Barbara Sternberger's canvases bring to mind expanses of skin and flesh, while Amanda Knowles' scientific-looking compositions recall technical diagrams and chemical formulas. The two standouts in this show, however, are Patricia Hagen (whose Pox is pictured above) and Shea Bajaj. Hagen's work is a weird mix of candy-colored sweetness and disturbing blobs of yucky stuff you might find under a microscope. The ambiguity works: You can't help wondering, What is that—a cosmetic lozenge or a metastasizing cancer cell? Bajaj's wood-and-resin paintings are a different experience altogether. Distinctly three-dimensional, the glossy, repeating forms often emerge from the clear resin like bathers stepping from a glassy lake. The colors and forms are rich. "Eye candy" is an apt description of these shiny debut pieces by a local architect. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Exhibit runs through Sept. 4. ANDREW ENGELSON

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