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Lectures and Events
Artist Lecture: Francis Celentano The former UW professor of painting, who has a nearly 50-year career in the arts, talks about his recent work (see SW This Week, p. 45). Noon-1 p.m. Building 7, Highline Community College, South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Des Moines), free, 206-878-3710 ext. 3442.
Espy Foundation Art Auction The annual gala auction and brunch for the Espy foundation, which provides residencies and grants for writers and visual artists, will include work by Mary Randlett, Roger Shimomura, Wesley Wehr, and many others. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. May 15. William Traver Gallery Tacoma, 1821 E. Dock St., #100, Tacoma, $90, 253-383-3685.
Lecture: Creating Public Art Seattle muralist and painter Terry Furchgott offers tips on making art for public consumption. 7 p.m. Fri. May 13. Seattle Academy of Fine Art, 1501 10th Ave. E. (Room 101), free, 206- 526-2787.
CoCA "Linescape: A Crypto-Dimensional Exquisite Corpse" is a fancy-schmancy name for this collaborative spectacle created by local musicians, dancers, and visual artists. Performance: 8 p.m.-late. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Kirkland Arts Center "Drawn In" showcases four local artists expanding the notion of drawing: Buddy Bunting, Diem Chau, Samantha Scherer, and Thuy-Van Vu. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Thurs. May 12. 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. Every third Thurs. open until 8 p.m.
Platform "Between Before and After" features new drawings by Toronto-based experimental artist Stephen Andrews, whose recent work reproduces images of the war in Iraq using a unique color- separation process involving crayons and window screens. Reception: 5:30-8 p.m. Fri. May 13. Artist talk: noon, Sat. May 14. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Souvenir Seattle artist Eve Cohen's mutant, toothy creatures made from paper, seeds, wire, cloth, and wood are all part of "Kinderkunst" at this new Ballard gallery. Reception: 7 p.m. Sat. May 14 (Ballard Art Walk). 5325 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-297-7116. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Tacoma Art Museum Jewelry doesn't have to make the diamond barons at DeBeers rich. Case in point: "Zero Karat," a touring collection of jewelry made from such nonprecious materials as aluminum and Chinese newspapers. Opens: Sat. May 14. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thurs. free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon- 5 p.m. Sun.
CoCA The third annual "Coupling" series pairs local young artists (including Timea Tihanyi, Dan Webb, Thom Heileson, Claire Cowie, and Leo Saul Berk) with University of Washington art students, with intriguing results. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Wed. May 11.
Cornish College Senior Studios Recent work by graduating Cornish BFA students in art and design (see visual arts pick, this page). 306 Westlake Ave., 206-622-1951. Noon-7 p.m. daily. Ends Sun. May 15.
G. Gibson "Artificial Nature," John Divola's collection of found photos of movies sets from the '30s to the '60s serves up a wonderfully fake world. Also on display: recent photos by Andrea Modica, including a series documenting a girl with acute diabetes, and another featuring skulls of former mental patients. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. May 14.
Greg Kucera Margie Livingston's gorgeous abstract canvases are threaded with a delicate, architectural latticework of narrow stripes. Also on display: new work from California artist and dark jester Reuben Lorch-Miller, who creates text-based art in the tradition of Ruscha and Nauman. His neon signs, digital prints, and collections of pixilated images pulled from the Internet play with notions of rebellion and artistic authorship. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. May 14.
James Harris Marcelino Goncalves' deadpan paintings, executed in a lush palette of pastels, are inspired by ads for a summer boys camp and seem to pine for the days when boy-to-boy companionship wasn't so sexually loaded. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Sat. May 14.
Solomon Fine Art Using the Renaissance technique of silverpoint, Susan Schwalb creates delicate abstract stripe paintings that glow, glower, or bleed. Also on display: glass stripped to its essentials by Kazuo Kadonaga and cast-glass legs and text-suffused blocks by Jeffrey Sarmiento. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Fri. May 13.
Western Bridge "19 Rainstorms" consists of watery video and photography by Neil Goldberg, Trisha Donnelly, Tania Kitchell, and Oliver Boberg, whose Country Road (a continuously looping 30-minute video of a rural landscape drenched in rain) plays out like an intricate etching set in motion. With Zen-like detail, the swirls and sounds of Boberg's windblown water droplets are an invocation to pay attention to the world. 3412 Fourth Ave. S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. May 14.
1506 Projects "Of Course We Know No Bounds," new work by Chad States, who in the past has done deadpan photos of staged narratives and now explores issues of cropping and framing in the creation of images. 1506 E. Olive Way, 206-329-5400. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
911 Media Arts Rosalind Schneider, an early innovator in the world of video art, installs "Wave Transformations," in which near-abstract video of waves and oceanscapes is projected on a large weather balloon. 402 Ninth Ave., 206-682-6552. 3-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Baas Art In a recent artist statement, Barbara Noah says she has a thing for the "long shot." That explains her digitally manipulated photos of twisted-balloon dogs orbiting Mars. Looks like interesting work, in the tradition of slapstick photo manipulation by John Baldessari. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Ballard/Fetherston New work by Deborah Bell, who does bubbly acrylic abstraction on wood panel. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Bluebottle In "Future Perfect," illustrator and Web designer Julie West offers up highly stylized pictures of an assortment of characters, all influenced by skate-punk-graffiti design. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Bryan Ohno In "Fragile Attachments," Patricia Hagen's abstract works take a turn for the minimal. On fields of blank canvas, a menagerie of green leaflets, nubbins of fruit, and droplets of color float by. In other paintings, planetoids hang tentatively in space, like the friendly rock inhabited by the Little Prince. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Capitol Hill Arts Center Laura Wright's installation "Jars and Jugs" is about false expectations and the solace of drinking establishments. 1621 12th Ave., 206- 388-0600. 6-10 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.
Carolyn Staley Recent acquisitions of ukiyo-e and Mejii-era Japanese prints. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Cornish College Gallery Based on questions she asked the ancient Chinese I Ching divination system, Judith Kindler's "The Journal" is a collection of mixed- media paintings and sculptures documenting the artist's 30-year personal journal of philosophical discovery. Half the proceeds from the show will be donated to Cornish's endowment fund. Seventh Floor, 100 Lenora St., 206-726-5011. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Davidson A selection of original prints by some guy named Pablo Picasso. The lusty Spaniard was a prolific experimenter in prints, and this show will survey Picasso's gestural line etchings from the '30s to the '60s. Also on display: woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings by existential Mexican artist Francisco Toledo. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Fountainhead "New Classical," a group show of artists studying classic realism at a Seattle Academy of Fine Arts atelier under instructor Juliette Aristedes. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Francine Seders With an aesthetic informed by 19th-century natural history, Kathryn Glowen's "Lunar" features curiosity-cabinet assemblages and collage paintings that make use of found lichens, wasp nest papers, and scraps of dictionary pages. Also on display: landscapes by Colorado painter Nanci Erskine. 701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Gallery 4 Culture Seattle artist Ellen Ziegler has been experimenting with an old sign-painting technology that involves using a copper table and a high-voltage metal stylus to burn holes in paper. The results of these experiments will be on offer in "Electropounce," a series of hole-riddled, backlit papers. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Gallery 110 This tribute to the late Seattle artist and teacher Maxi Power, who passed away last summer, features Power's exuberant glass vessels painted with a carnival of characters. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Garde Rail New work by brothers Clint and Scott Griffin. Clint creates world "maps" by scraping away at layers of collage, while Scott arc-welds mysterious figures to old metal boxes and other found metal. 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Glo's New comic art by local artist David Lasky, created in his role as mentor to the young artists in the FineComix collective. 1621 E. Olive Way, 206-783-3426, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
Grover/Thurston Collage and mixed-media works made from intricately cut commercial products, letters, and other found paper by New York's Lance Letscher. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House Seattle artist Gretchen Bennett's "Landscape Flair" offers experiments in stickers, buttons, and other forms usually associated with "street" art. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Kristin Tollefson's installation "Organic Plan" is inspired by the landscape and folk art of Iceland. Central to the exhibit is a large, suspended ringlike sculpture that pays homage to baldrying, a traditional Icelandic embroidery technique. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Joe Bar Seattle artist and illustrator Jere Smith's paintings pay tribute to the comic book characters who've inspired him. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Karpeles Manuscript Library In conjunction with Tacoma's Tall Ships Festival, Karpeles shows an assortment of original maps, diaries, and nautical charts from early English, Spanish, and Russian explorations of the Northwest coast. 407 South G Street, Tacoma, 253-383-2575. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Linda Hodges Semi-abstract landscapes by Eastern Washington's Heidi Oberheide, and realist paintings of places such as Seattle's Thornton Creek by local Roger Jones. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris Realist landscapes by Northern California painter John McCormick. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery A collection of painting, photography, digital media, and ceramics by artists in VSA Arts of Washington, a nonprofit providing arts opportunities to people with disabilities. 801 E. Pine St. (Seattle Central Community College), 206-344-4379. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (also 5-7 p.m. Tues. and Wed.)
Photographic Center Northwest Japanese photographer Hiroshe Watanabe's serene but intense images of Kabuki theater performers (many of them children), traditional Bunraku puppets, and assorted cityscapes. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Richard Hugo House In "Let's Get Out of the Romance: Exhibition Station," Rich Jensen and Phil Elverum—two Seattle music-industry insiders—will somehow create the layouts for an upcoming book about artistic utopias on the walls of Hugo House. 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery SAM Rental/Sales continues its series showcasing local galleries with selections from Davidson Galleries, including Kathleen Rabel, Liza von Rosenstiel, and Dion Zwirner. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Seattle LGBT Community Center Gallery Maternity photographer Jennifer Loomis' images of gay and lesbian parents with their children. 1115 E. Pike St. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.
Shift Cara Jaye's solo show "Dulce" includes pigmented digital prints and a video housed inside a traditional Mexican street vendor's cart, all inspired by the artist's recent residency at the University of Guanjuato. 306 S. Washington St. (Room 105), 360-650-3436. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.
SOIL "Perspect" is a new installation from Portland artist Laura Fritz, known for her creepy, laboratorylike settings. Also on display: abstract paintings incorporating symbols from the world's mystic traditions, as well as geometric op art, by Dallas-based artist Noah Simblist. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Vain New work by Peekaboo Monster and OneSevenNine, two Seattle-based urban artists and designers known for street murals, skateboard illustrations, and the ubiquitous GermBot. 2018 First Ave., 206-441-3441. Noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Tues.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Vera Project In "3 Punks," photographers William Anthony, Bradley Hanson, and Ryan Schierling shot a variety of live performances by Seattle punk bands on one night in February of 2005. 1122 E. Pike St. (Room 849), 206-956-8372. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 2-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Viveza Edie Nadelhft's colorful cow portraits, Michelle Salazar's erotic cowboys, and Doug Smithenry's fractured paintings, including . . . underwear-clad cowboys. Yee haw. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
William Traver Local painter Alan Fulle's warm-toned stripe and dot paintings, plus Seattle Opera set builder Rick Araluce's miniature doll-house assemblages and David Ruth's massive glass panels that function as 3-D abstract paintings. 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 New realist landscape and nature paintings by Christopher Reilly and Wade Hoefer. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Wright Exhibition Space "Aboriginal Vision" offers selections of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art from the expansive collection of UW international studies professor Margaret Levi and her husband Robert Kaplan. 407 Dexter Ave. N., 206-264-8200. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Zeitgeist In Joan Engelmeyer's paintings "Tribute to Francis Eberhart," the artist examines the life of her uncle, a World War II veteran who struggled with lifelong mental illness. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Frye Art Museum "The Retrofuturistic World of NSK" collects 20 years' worth of work by Slovenia's Neue Slowenische Kunst art movement. Challenging the whole idea of authorship, nationality, and avant-garde, the artists in NSK create theater, music, and visual art that appropriates Communist and capitalist kitsch in an effort to subvert authority. Also on display: Seattle artist Joseph Park's precise paintings draw upon Japanese animation and film to create an alternative noir world peopled with angst-ridden cartoon creatures. 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.
Henry Art Gallery Doug Aitken's three-screen video installation Interiors is a majestic meditation on the search for meaning amid the stress and alienation of 21st-century urban life. Sprawling throughout an entire gallery, four separate story lines play out on a vast box of screens, allowing you to view three of the videos simultaneously as a sculptural whole from many different angles. The nearly wordless stories arch from the contemplative (a young family with a new baby stands in a junkyard as a Brian Eno-like soundtrack throbs underneath) and the mysterious (a man sands a helicopter in a sterile factory cleanroom) to the frenetic (hip-hop artist André Benjamin gushes a verbal storm while a woman smashes a handball and an Asian businessman twitches in a sweaty convulsion of stress). The collective vignettes pack a surprising emotional wallop, considering the stories are stripped to their most simple visual and sonic elements. Also on display: "Playtime" pairs whimsical art made from toys with Peter Fischli and David Wells' amazing 30-minute video of pyrotechnic installation; and a collection of minimalist works by locals offer disturbing mixes of childhood simplicity and adult emotional turmoil, including Claire Cowie's excellent Panorama Drawing. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Northwest Art "Stewards of the Northwest Vision" offers selections from two private collections, featuring works by Tobey, Graves, Anderson, Michael Spafford, Elizabeth Sandvig, William Cumming, Gerard Tstutakawa, and others. 121 S. First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Africa in America" is a varied and complex exploration of slavery, displacement, and ethnic culture as portrayed in African-American art of the late 20th century, including work by James W. Washington, Jr., Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Oliver Jackson, and Marita Dingus. 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 "Mountain Dreams" collects contemporary ceramics incised with Buddhist text by Korean artist Yoon Kwang-cho. 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 Decade of Excellence" displays Northwest artists who've been awarded the Behnke Foundation's "Neddy" Artist Fellowship since the program began 10 years ago, including work by Michael Spafford, Juan Alonso, Claire Cowie, Susan Dory, and Mark Takamichi Miller. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Washington State History Museum Photo portraits of contemporary Native Americans by Ben and Linda Marra. 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-3500. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (open until 8 p.m. Thurs.); noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Wing Luke Asian Museum "Women and Violence" explores issues of domestic violence, sexual abuse, war, trafficking, and problems with the "mail-order bride" phenomenon, specifically focusing on the Asian/Pacific Islander community. 407 Seventh Ave. S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon- 4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.