On the Walls

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

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Lectures and Events

Byron Kim In conjunction with his current exhibit, Kim discusses how his work interprets and challenges notions of color and race through an abstract prism. Henry Auditorium, Henry Art Gallery, UW Campus, 15th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. 7 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 17. $8 ($6 seniors/students).

Marita Dingus The amazingly creative "junk artist" discusses how her recent visit to Norway and Pilchuck Glass School residency inform her latest work, in conjunction with her current exhibit, "Indigo Children." 6-7:30 p.m. Sun. Aug. 22. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. Free.

Openings

ArtsWest "Combined Elements," work by Karen Graber, Angela Wales Rockett, and Janet Wold. Opens Sun. Aug. 20. "In the Garden and Elsewhere," elegant mixed-media monotypes and quilts by April Richardson, Marjorie Rubin, Li Turner, and Gale Whitney. 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963, www.artswest.org. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. "Garden" ends Aug. 19. "Elements" ends Sept. 23.

Crawl Space Anne Mathern focuses on "greatness" in her sound, video, and photo installation, "Trial & the Tribunal." Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Aug. 19. Also: The drawings collected in "Piss President" are the result of artist Brad Biancardi's examination of the goings-on in this nation's capital. 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-322-5752, www.crawlspacegallery.com. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. "Piss" ends Aug. 31, "Trial" ends Sept. 10.

Frye Art Museum The secret trove of idiosyncratic pencil and watercolor pictures and manuscripts by the self-taught recluse Henry Darger (1892-1973) were only discovered upon his death. They illuminate an imaginary world at war whose heroes are young girls. The Frye presents samples from the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Reception: 7-9 p.m. Fri. Aug. 18. "Klompen" is the latest kinetic sculptural installation from sound artist Trimpin: nearly 100 wooden clogs hanging from the ceiling connected to a computer. Oh, why not? Also: Local artist Robert Yoder has created an abstract seascape rug out of hand-tufted wool in "Sluice Gate," and in "Ginnungagap," Sigrid Sandström explores the land between ice and fire in Norse mythology in dramatic abstract paintings and video. 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. "Ginnungagap" and "Sluice" end Sept. 10. Darger ends Oct. 29. "Klompen" ends Jan. 21, 2007.

Nordic Heritage Museum Evocative wintry landscapes in "The Promise of Happiness: Paintings by Mark Thompson." Reception: 6-8:30 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 17. 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. Ends Oct. 8.

Last Chance

Arthead New still life and figurative oil paintings by Seattle artist Orion Misciagna. 5411 Meridian Ave. N., 206-633-5544. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 19.

Baas Anita White's time in the Middle East inspired her intricate watercolor and ink "Arabian Reflections." 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Aug. 18.

Henry Art Gallery "And Deer and Trees and Things" are three videos by Cat Clifford exploring Western landscapes from nonhuman perspectives. Ends Aug. 20. Also: "Current: River Photography from the Monsen Collection." Also: In "Threshold: Byron Kim 1990-2004," the Asian-American artist makes striking and subtle observations about racial identification and the suppleness of memory in his misleadingly simple monochromatic panels. Also: Akio Takamori's "The Laughing Monks" combines the UW art professor's own ceramic work with pieces from the Henry's collection. Also: Maya Lin plays with blocks, shadows, wire, and perspective in "Systematic Landscapes," the visionary artist/architect's first museum show in eight years. 15th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Systematic" ends Sept. 3. "Current" and "Threshold" end Sept. 17. "Monks" ends Oct. 22.

Galleries

Art Patch Gallery Photos by Elysha Rose Diaz in "Lines." 306 S. Washington St., Suite 102, 206-388-2373, www.sweatshopinc.com. By appointment only, Sun. Ends Aug. 24.

Bluebottle "Robots & Cupcakes," deftly whimsical new pen and watercolor pictures by artist Jessixa. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends Aug. 27.

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 Dana Day's "Portraits of the Northwest" are created with pinhole photography. Tashiro- Kaplan Building, 306 S. Washington St., 206-856-7037, www.tashirokaplan.com/corridor/. Noon-5 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Through August.

Davidson Contemporary "Works on Paper" is an array of drawings, text, and collages by Dawn Cerny, Tim Cross, and others. Also: Dan Gualdoni's "aer Eire Series," dreamy mixed-media landscapes inspired by a visit to Ireland. 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. "Works" ends Aug. 26. "Eire" ends Sept. 2.

Experience Music Project "DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein" pairs in unexpected ways 28 modern and classic paintings from Paul Allen's private collection. Some sample matches: Van Gogh and Ernst, Monet and DeKooning, Signac and Rothko. 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.

Fountainhead The influences of Persian motifs, Modigliani, and Klimt seep into the ornate stylings of the paintings by Toronto-born artist Karen Rieger in "Viennese Afternoon," while Northwest artist Michael Ferguson channels a simpler William Cumming in his cheery acrylic scenes. 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 Aug. 27.

Francine Seders Gallery SEE BOX, PAGE 68.

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.

G. Gibson Gallery Photographer Iain Stewart's chromogenic prints explore the delineation of natural horizons in "58 degrees North," some rather exquisitely, while Alicia Berger debuts with abstract dots and pegs forming encaustic canvases and a large installation made of 1200 cast rubber pieces in "Chevaleresses." 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, www.gibsongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Both end Aug. 26.

Gallery 110 Liz Tran's bizarrely enchanting mixed-media paintings of boats in "High Seas." Also: Lois Pierris' color pix of local burlesque performances in "Colorized." 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, www.gallery110.com. Ends Aug. 26.

Gallery IMA Alan Corkery Hahn's playful interactions with found pages using ink and stitching are cleverly engaging. Also: Painter Victoria Tchetchet explores abstract textures. 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 Sept. 1.

Gallery4Culture Household ornamentation takes on a menacing life of its own as the gallery becomes the setting for hellishly garish decor, complete with flocked patterned wallpaper and portraits of insufferable characters in "Facade," Tory Franklin's amazingly elaborate paper drawings. 101 Prefontaine Place S., 206-296-7580, www.4culture.org. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Sept. 1.

Grover/Thurston Gallery The gallery presents a group show of its own artists. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, www.groverthurston.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

Howard House The "New Sculpture Survey," an array of approaches to sculpture and expression. Highlights include Michael O'Malley's organic chandelier and clambering corner oddity, Sean Johnson's balancing ladder and two-legged table, and Diem Chau's finely whittled Crayola crayons. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399, www.howardhouse.net. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

James Harris "Junctions" juxtaposes drawings by contemporary artists (such as Roy McMakin and Claire Cowie) and masters (Klee, Bonnard, and others). 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Aug. 25.

Jeffrey Moose Glass by Bob Mitchell and digital collages by Alyssa Hinton, among other work. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, 206-467-6951, www.jeffreymoose gallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Through August.

Lawrimore Project For its second show, "This Is Gallery," the new art space offers a sampler from its edgy collection of artists, including Tivon Rice, SuttonBeresCuller, and others. Lawrimore Project, 831 Airport Way S., 206-501-1231, www.lawrimore project.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.

911 Media Arts Center "Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire & Legible Nature: Fate Is an Afterthought," two new video installations by Adam Chapman, are hopefully more accessible than their title. 911 Media Arts Center, 402 Ninth Ave. N., 206-682-6552, www.911media.org. Noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Aug. 29.

Patricia Cameron Cylindrical oil paintings of urban scapes and dwellers by Amanda Coleman in "Look Both Ways." 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647, www. pcameronfineart.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

Phinney Neighborhood Gallery Eye-catching odd-object sculptures by David Oudeis in "It's All About Me," and curious photos of slender edifices in Brian Allen's "Flat Buildings." 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244, www.phinneycenter.org. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 25.

Photographic Center Northwest "Resonance, the 11th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition" showcases work by a variety of photographers. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222, www.pcnw.org. 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. Ends Aug. 30.

Punch Gallery Subversive collage artist Joanna Thomas has her way with 19th-century French engravings, amusingly embellishing them with a feminist twist in "Lion Devouring a Rabbit & Other Collages." 119 Prefontaine Place S., 206-621-1945, www.punchgallery.org. Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Sept. 3.

SAM Day In "Women by Women," five women capture their own in watercolor, oil, bronze, and stone. 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 29.

Vetri Richly textured graal-painted eggs and bowls by New York artist Bridget Boss in "The Elephant in the Room." 1404 First Ave., 206-667-9608, www.vetriglasscom. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Aug. 27.

Viveza In "A Turn of the Crank: Sink into Script," Casey Curran creates ingenious little devices rendered in wire, rope, and balsa wood that are operated by a hand crank and inspired by classic old books. Also: Mattie Iverson's studies in textured abstract landscapes in "Soft Focus." 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584, www.viveza.com. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Sept. 3.

Wall Space Photographer John Anderson's Northwest landscapes in black and white in "The Genius of Place." 600 First Ave. #322, 206-749-9133, www.wallspaceseattle.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

West Edge Sculpture Invitational This is the third annual effort by a coalition of sculptors and art lovers to bring the work of 29 artists (some big names like Ann Morris, Phillip Levine, and Gerard Tsutakawa) to the pedestrians around the Harbor Steps and Benaroya Hall for the next three months. 206-334-5040, www.westedgesculpture.com. Through Oct. 29.

William Traver Sean Albert's rectangular glass forms, Jonathan Mossop's sand-carved glass work, and Ethan Stern's bulbous and patterned blown vessels share the space in Seattle, while Dale Chihuly and his own lead gaffers are featured in Tacoma. Seattle: 110 Union St. #200, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Tacoma: 1821 E. Dock. St., #100, 253-383-3685, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. www.travergallery.com. Seattle shows end Aug. 28; Tacoma shows end Sept. 10.

Woodside/Braseth "Summer Salon" presents work by many of the gallery's established artists, including Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, William Cumming, Paul Horiuchi, and Ginny Ruffner. 2101 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. www.woodsidebrasethgallery.com, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

Museums

Bellevue Arts Museum Garry Knox Bennett has created 52 wry and funky chairs in "Call Me Chairmaker." 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. "Mapping" ends Sept. 3. "Wrapped" ends Sept. 24. "Studio Glass" ends Oct. 1. "Chairmaker" ends Nov. 26.

Burke Museum The 22nd annual "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" exhibit features local Art Wolfe as a judge and Alexei Calambokidis of Olympia as a youth entry. UW campus, N.E. 45th Street and 17th Avenue N.E., 206-543-5590, www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Sept. 4.

Kirkland Arts Center "On the Edge" presents nicely unconventional painting and ceramics by KAC faculty Cable Griffith, Jason Huff, Lauren Laughlin, and Michael Ottersen, curated by Victor Sandblom. A highlight is Huff's sanguine four-foot ceramic self-portrait in catsuit surrounded by kitties in Portrait of the Artist With Louies. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., Kirkland, 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. (Closed Sept. 1-4.) Ends Sept. 9.

Museum of Glass "Absence Adorned," Karen LaMonte's 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.

Seattle Art Museum Closed for expansion until spring 2007; the waterfront sculpture park opens fall 2006. See Web site for details. 100 University St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Seattle Asian Art Museum German-born sound artist and sculptor Trimpin unveils his latest work, "Picnics, Rhythms and Vacations," which involves hundreds of random slides found at flea markets projected on the gallery walls accompanied by a percussive composition. Also: 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; and "Night Sounds," 14 significant interconnected works by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. 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. "Tooba," "Picnics" 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. 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. $6.50-$7.50. 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.

 
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