On the Walls

An opinionated guide to this week's gallery and museum shows.

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Lectures and Events

Akio Takamori The ceramic artist and UW art professor talks with the Henry's chief curator Elizabeth Brown about his sensual, conceptual work. Henry Art Gallery, U.W. Campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. 7 p.m. Thurs. July 13. Free.

DoubleTake Talks: "What Sparks Creativity?" Three experts tackle this elusive question by discussing three creators in the fields of art, pop music, and science fiction: Michael Klein, director of the International Sculpture Center, on Beverly Semmes; L.A. Times rock critic Ann Powers on Tori Amos; and the Science Fiction Museum's Greg Bear on Ray Bradbury. Moderated by EMP/SFM Artistic Director Bob Santelli. JBL Theater, EMP, 325 Fifth Ave. N. (Seattle Center), 206-770-2702, www.doubletakeexhibit.org. 7-9 p.m. Thurs. July 13. Free.

Trimpin on Trimpin The prolific German-born sonic tinker will discuss and demonstrate the art and mechanics of his latest installation, 120 wired and musical wooden clogs. Noted Northwest author Rebecca Brown follows with an original story based on the work of artist Robyn O'Neil. Frye Art Gallery, 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org. 6 p.m. (Trimpin) and 7:30 p.m. (Brown) Fri. July 14. Free.

Kirkland SummerFest Juried artists and artisans will present an array of work for sale at this annual outdoor event, which also features wine-tasting and live music. Marina Park, Downtown Kirkland, www.kirklandartscenter.org. July 14-16, 2-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sun. Free. (Wine tasting $20 at event, $15 advance.)

SuttonBeresculler emerge from box The idiosyncratic art team of John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler will finally emerge from their 32-foot-by-32-foot-by-12-foot box to reveal the secret installation they have been creating since June 22. Other sideshows by the trio of Cornish grad provocateurs on view elsewhere in the gallery include their portable living room and park bench trailer projects, hard-to-explain photos, and a mantel full of amusingly demented Sears portraits. 6-10 p.m. Sat. July 15. Lawrimore Project, 831 Airport Way S., 206-501-1231, www.lawrimoreproject.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 29. Free.

Openings

Arthead New still life and figurative oil paintings by young Seattle artist Orion Misciagna. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Sat. July 15. 5411 Meridian Avenue N., 206-633-5544, Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 19.

Francine Seders Gallery Work by the gallery's stable of artists are on display, along with "Indigo Babies" by creative "junk artist" Marita Dingus in the upstairs space. Opens Fri. July 14. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tues., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends July 29.

Frye Art Museum "Klompen" is the latest kinetic sculptural installation from sound artist Trimpin: 120 wooden clogs hanging from the ceiling connected to a computer. Oh, why not? Opens: Fri. July 14. Also: Robyn O'Neil's epic, often ominous, drawings explore death and man's relationship to nature. This is the first major museum presentation of this Houston-based artist's work. Also: Local artist Robert Yoder has created an abstract seascape out of hand-tufted wool in Sluice Gate. In Ginnungagap, Sigrid Sandström explores the land between ice and fire in Norse mythology in dramatic abstract paintings and video. Also: the colorful botanical collages and tapestries of Amy Helfand's Modern Nature. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Sun. O'Neil and Helfand end July 30. "Ginnungagap" and "Sluice" end Sept. 10. "Klompen" ends Jan. 21, 2007.

Northwest Craft Center Gallery "Surface, Form & Color" presents ceramic vessels and sculpture by Loren Lukens, Ginny Conrow, Cindy Jenkins, and Paddy McNeely. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Fri. July 14. Also: Edd Cox's "Temple Garden" presents oil paintings, carpets, ceramic sculptures, wood carvings, and mosaic. 305 Harrison St. (Seattle Center), 206-728-1555. www.eddcox.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. "Temple" ends July 14, "Surface" ends Sept. 4.

Patricia Cameron Cylindrical oil paintings of urban scapes and dwellers by Amanda Coleman in "Look Both Ways." Reception: 5-8 p.m. Wed. July 19. Also: "Long After the Silence," Linda Kane's serene and otherworldly charcoal drawings and installations inspired by her native Hawaii. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647, www.pcameronfineart.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. "Silence" ends July 15. "Look" ends Aug. 26.

Last Chance

Viveza Grief, hope, and renewal are the subjects of "Codex Specilias," heavily layered palimpsest resin paintings by Rebecca Woodhouse. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584, www.viveza.com. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends July 16.

Galleries

Art & Soul Old and new paintings by Donna Stewart. 2860 N.W. Market St., 206-297-1223, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Aug. 4.

Artists' Gallery of Seattle "The Second Annual NW African-American Fine Art Exhibit" features sculpture and painting by over a dozen artists. 902 First Ave. S., 206-340-0830, www.agofs.com. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends July 31.

Ballard Fetherston Brooklyn artist David Konigsberg's new paintings present richly imagined vessels and creatures in flight. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, www.ballardfetherstongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 21.

Baas Anita White's watercolor and ink "Arabian Reflections" draw their inspiration from the painter's time spent in the Arabian Gulf. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Aug. 18.

Bluebottle Eight artists tackle "The Great Outdoors," curated by Ryan Sanchez. Highlights include Jordin Isip's mixed-media on panel collage figures and Adela Liebowitz's crisply dreamy oil on linen animals in winter. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends July 29.

BLVD Gallery Work by Iosefatu Sua, Sam Sneke, and Angry Woebots. 2312 Second Ave., www.blvdart.com. 1-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., and Sat., 1-7 p.m. Fri. Through July.

Catherine Person Gallery The gallery presents all its artists in its second annual group show, "At Once." 319 Third Ave. S., www.catherinepersongallery.com, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 25.

Corridor Gallery Ironic color photography by Mark Sullo. Tashiro-Kaplan building, 306 S. Washington St., 206-856-7037, www.schirmerstudio.com/corridor. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Through July.

D'Adamo/Woltz Abstract acrylic on stainless steel paintings by Simona Foggitt. 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, www.dadamowoltzgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends July 31.

Davidson Galleries Finely wrought "Contemporary Prints from Eastern Europe and Russia," and "The Published State, Part 1" in the Antique Prints Department. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-1324, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both end July 29.

Experience Music Project "DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein" pairs in unexpected ways 28 modern and classic paintings from Paul Allen's private collection, many not seen by the public in over 50 years. Some sample matches: Van Gogh and Ernst, Monet and DeKooning, Signac and Rothko. Curated by art historian and Impressionism expert Paul Hayes Tucker. EMP, 325 Fifth Ave. N. (Seattle Center), 206-770-2702, www.doubletakeexhibit.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $7-$8. Ends October.

Floating Leaves Tea Understated images by Japanese-born photographer Kiyoshi Toda. 2213 N.W. Market St. #100, 206-529-4268, www.floatingleavestea.com. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. Through July.

Foster/White Sculpture by Will Robinson in "Spaces Within" and impressionistic oil paintings by Sheri Bakes in "Vacancy." 220 Third Ave. S., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both end July 26.

Fountainhead In "Natural Origins: Contemporary Baskets," seven artists take a traditional craft and twist, embellish, and imagine it in new directions. Jan Hopkins' creates a kelp bustier in By the Sea, Marilyn Moore painstakingly weaves polynylon-coated copper wire into glistening bowls, a teapot, and other forms. Jill Nordfors Clark binds her baskets with pig gut, while Mary Merkel-Hess's colorful vessels sprout a head of reeds from the top. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, www.fountainheadgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends July 30.

Friesen Gallery "About Glass" presents optical cut crystal, sculpture, and blown glass by the gallery's roster of established and emerging artists, including William Morris, Kreg Kallenberger, Flo Perkins, and the debut of New Zealand artist Philip Aikten. 1200 Second Ave., 206-628-9501, www.friesengallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

Gallery 110 Painter Mike Lewis is inspired by master artists and cartoons, while glass artist Patricia Weyer is inspired by dolphins. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, www.gallery110.com. Ends July 29.

Gallery 1216 In local sculptor Evan Blackwell's "Off the Wall," common disposable items become objects of beauty, while innocent child's toys become almost unrecognizable subjects of despair. Plastic cups, forks, hangers, toy soldiers, and drinking straws are transformed into sculpture—with a nod to the excesses and detritus of American consumerism. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480, www.benhamgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends July 22.

Gallery IMA The gallery presents a group show of its artists. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-625-0055, www.galleryima.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Aug. 1.

Grover/Thurston Gallery Mixed-media hand-carved work by California sculptor Joe Brubaker. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, www.groverthurston.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 29.

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Linda Hodges Gallery Botanical oil paintings by Karen Yurkovich. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 29.

Lisa Harris The "Summer Group Show" presents recent work by the gallery's 27 artists. 1922 Pike Place, 206-443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends July 30.

Greg Kucera The jazzy patterns and fine stitch work of rural Alabama's acclaimed "Gee's Bend Quilt Makers" inaugurate the gallery's first quilt exhibit. Also: "Patchwork: Affinities & Influences in Contemporary Art" follows the thread of the main exhibit through the multimedia work of various other artists. 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, www.gregkucera.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Jack Straw New Media Korean artist Kichul Kim's Rapport is a sound installation exploring the connection between seeing sound and reaching Nirvana, an idea he has explored for over 10 years. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919, www.jackstraw.org. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Extended through July 28.

James Harris Local artist Todd Simeone plays with perceptions in his digital manipulations of ordinary objects (FedEx boxes, dice) in "A Difference of Outlines and Outcomes." 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends July 29.

Jeffrey Moose Bone and leaf forms inspire the haunting and beautiful figurative bronze sculptures of Lummi Island artist Ann Morris, while stenciled found images find their way into Suquamish artist Gerry Lonning's abstract paintings. Rainier Square, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-467-6951, www.jeffreymoosegallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends July 29.

Joe Bar French transplant Béatrice Billard's cute and creepy "Beasts and Super-Beasts" are acrylic and charcoal paintings and drawings that evoke Hello Kitty and Tim Burton, with a dash of Paul Klee. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407, www.joebar.org. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends July 31.

Kirkland Arts Center "Clay?" challenges viewers and artists alike to rethink the parameters of an old medium. Much of the work accomplishes this nicely. Work by 21 ceramic artists from around the country (seven from Puget Sound) is juried by three professors from UW's well-regarded ceramics program and curated by the gallery's artistic director Jason Huff. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., 425-822-7161, www.kirklandartscenter.org. 11 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. second Thursdays. Ends July 29.

Platform Gallery In "Unnatural Presence," featuring new work by Eric Eley, Rachel Lowther, Christian Maychack, Melissa Pokorny, and Jon Rajkovich, sculpture visits the natural world in unnatural ways. Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808, www.platformgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends July 29.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center "Disaster!" is defined by 31 primarily Northwest artists, some with an eye for wry commentary, such as Bryn Barnard's Venice on the Potomac 2040, a finely realist oil portrait of the Capitol Building of the future surrounded by water. The result of global warming, another Hurricane Katrina, or simply a metaphor for recent disastrous politics? All of the above, most likely. This timely show explores political, personal, and natural disasters, says curator Jake Seniuk. 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, 360-457-3532, www.pafac.org. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends July 30.

Punch Gallery Photo-based media and video by L.A. transplant Justin Colt Beckman in "Eastern Philosophies: Part One." 119 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-621-1945, www.punchgallery.org. Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends July 30.

Soil Eccentric local artists Dawn Cerny and Alice Tippit collaborate in "an installation of drawings and ephemera" about obsession and desire in "Artful Scheme of Happiness." Also: Ink-wash, watercolor, and video selections from Buddy Bunting's "Scabland Project," inspired by visits to prisons in remote corners of the American West. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends July 30.

Suyama Space German-born local composer and inventor Trimpin presents a new site-specific installation, SHHH. A large metal sphere rhythmically orbits on a circular rail, its movement and sound responding to the proximity of the viewer. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809, www.suyamapetersondeguchi.com/art. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends July 28.

Wall Space New architectural images by Northwest commercial photographer Randall J. Corcoran in "Elements." 600 First Ave. #322, 206-749-9133, www.wallspaceseattle.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 22.

Western Bridge "Boys and Flowers" features an eclectic array of commissioned and award-winning local and international work. Highlights include a magnificent botanical mural by British artist Paul Morrison; The Four Seasons of Veronica Read by Turkish-British video artist Kutlug Ataman, which pays homage to ordinary obsessions (here, gardening); an ornate Japanese screen and saucy paean to a doomed bathhouse by local suggestive ceramicist Jeffry Mitchell; and a project to rebuild Denny Hill by the architects of Universal Nonlinear Design. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, www.westernbridge.org. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Aug. 12.

William Traver New glass work by Massimo Micheluzzi, and acrylic, oil and found-object canvases by Alan Fulle in "Quest." 110 Union St. #200, 206-587-6501, www.travergallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Both end July 30.

Winston Wächter Eerily accurate architectonic portraits of empty rooms and places by Northeast artist Peter Waite. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 28.

Wright Exhibition Space Poetry is presented as visual art in this exhibit of work by "five contemporary visual poets" (is there such a thing as a "nonvisual poet"?): Joshua Beckman, Jen Bervin, Mary Ruefle, Robert Seydel, and Nico Vassilakis. Organized by Wave Books. 407 Dexter Ave. N., 206-264-8200, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. Ends Nov. 15.

Museums

Bellevue Arts Museum "Expressions: Art with Heart" is 25 uninhibited self-portraits by kids affected by cancer or other illness, on display in the Espresso Americano Cafe. Also: Four fiber artists create maps of fabric and thread in "On Mapping: New Perspectives With a Common Thread." Also: Asian textiles inform the work of two American artists in "Wrapped in Color: Kimonos by Tim Harding, Jackets by Jon Eric Riis." Also: Work from 14 studios in "Studio Glass: Decorative and Functional Objects." 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thurs.), 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. "Expressions" ends Aug. 6. "Mapping" ends Sept. 3. "Wrapped" ends Sept 24. "Studio Glass" ends Oct. 1.

Burke Museum The 22nd annual "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" exhibit presents 90 pictures by photographers from around the world. Sponsored by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum of London, it makes its first-ever stop in the Northwest, featuring local Art Wolfe as a judge and Alexei Calambokidis of Olympia as a youth entry. UW campus, N.E. 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-5590, www.washington.edu/burkemuseum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Sept. 4.

Henry Art Gallery Monochrome painting interpreting skin tones, landscapes, and other concepts of color make up "Threshold: Byron Kim 1990-2004," the first museum survey of this artist's subtly provocative work. Also: Akio Takamori's "The Laughing Monks" combines the UW art professor's own ceramic work with pieces from the Henry's collection. Also: "And Deer and Trees and Things" are three videos by Cat Clifford exploring Western landscapes, and "Current: River Photography from the Monsen Collection" features the work of four photographers. Also: Maya Lin plays with blocks, shadows, wire, and perspective in "Systematic Landscapes," the visionary artist/architect's first museum show in eight years. It's an expansive collection of gallery-filling sculptures, smaller works, and her models for the ongoing Confluence Project, seven sites along the Columbia River commemorating the journey of Lewis and Clark. Highlights include Water Line, a wire topography that webs across the East Gallery, and 2x4 Landscape, a wavy hill made of 65,000 blocks of hemlock. 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Deer" ends Aug. 20. "Systematic" ends Sept. 3. "Current" and "Threshold" end Sept. 17. "Monks" ends Oct. 22.

Museum of Glass In "Absence Adorned," Karen LaMonte presents slightly creepy life-size glass casts of empty dresses. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, 253-284-4750, www.museumofglass.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. every third Thurs.), noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 4.

Nordic Heritage Museum "Dream Time" are photo collages of fairies by Birgitte Fleuron and Henning Sjøstrøm. Also: Illustrations by 91-year-old Ballard artist Clarence E. "Pete" Pedersen. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org. $4-$6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Both shows end July 30.

Seattle Art Museum Closed for expansion until spring 2007; see Web site for details. 100 University St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Seattle Asian Art Museum In "Discovering Buddhist Art—Seeking the Sublime," nearly 100 works represent the influence of Buddhism on Asian art and culture. The wonderful array of antique snuff bottles is a highlight. Also: Tooba, a powerful, haunting allegorical video by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat about a woman who merges with a tree. Also: "A Northwest Summer: Six Exhibitions—One Celebration" includes studio glass art from the Jon and Mary Shirley collection; art deco sculpture from SAM's early days; "Made in Seattle," contemporary art from their permanent collection; "Night Sounds," 14 significant interconnected works by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves; and "Elegant Earth," photographs by Johsel Namkung. Trimpin's "Picnics, Rhythms and Vacations" joins the lineup in August. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. "Seattle" ends July 23, "Elegant" ends Aug. 6, "Tooba" and "Northwest Summer" end Oct. 15, "Buddha" is ongoing.

Tacoma Art Museum "The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas" offers Daumier's wry caricatures, Ingres' delicate pencil portraits, and Degas' pastel dancers, among other 19th-century French drawings and watercolors from the vast collections of the Baltimore and Walters art museums. This is the only West Coast stop. Also: "Between Clouds of Memory: The Ceramic Art of Akio Takamori." Also: "Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters." 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org. Every third Thursday free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. "Lichtenstein" ends Sept. 4. "Essence" ends Sept. 17. "Between Clouds" ends Oct. 8. $6.50-$7.50.

Wing Luke Work by 86-year-old Japanese-American artist Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani. Also: "These Walls Can Speak: Untold Stories From Three Historic Buildings" celebrates the Kong Yick Buildings, Higo, and the Eastern Hotel through history, testimony, and artifacts. 407 Seventh Ave. S., 206-623-5124, www.wingluke.org. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Mirikitani ends Sept. 17. "Walls" ends Dec. 10.

 
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