Matthew Landkammer & The Personal Politic

Davidson Galleries hosts two very different shows this month. In the main gallery, Seattle painter Matthew Landkammer's intense monochrome paintings are a delightful optical feast. This is Op Art at its most pleasing: Stripes painted in subtle shades pulse and fade as your brain tries to process the slight shifts in color. The pink, yellow, and purple canvases are eye candy, but they're sweets with complex and intriguing flavors. The esoteric numerical names for these pictures have to do with the dates they were conceived. Equally rewarding is "The Personal Politic," a great show of hand-colored prints and drawings that morph 19th-century sensibility with early-21st-century weirdness. Kurt Kemp's surreal prints are a freak show, exposing the dark side of the male mind, while Jenny Schmid's portraits function as little morality plays of lust and temptation. Oddest of all are minimalist prints and drawings by Kansas-based artist Michael Krueger, populated with obscure bits of American history. Among them are Thomas Jefferson with a shopping cart (apparently, TJ was a closet shopaholic) and the gory, deadpan vignette Quantrill's Cake (pictured), which alludes to a notorious Confederate raider who led a massacre in Kansas in 1863. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Aug. 27. ANDREW ENGELSON

 
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