On the Walls

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

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Lectures and Events

The Return of Projections: Portland Stephanie Snyder, curator and director of the Memorial Art Gallery at Portland's Reed College, discusses the latest in "representational imaginary" art happening in her city by the likes of Kevin Abell, Alex Felton, Storm Tharp and others. Special unnamed guests are also promised. 7 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 24. Henry Auditorium, Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, 15th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. $5 ($3 seniors/students).

Openings

Baas Kenyan native Rashidi Alibhai's vibrant mixed-media paintings combine acrylic and ink and capture East African life. Opens: Fri. Sept. 1. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.

Joe Bar In "Coin Toss: A Study of Birds and Bees," local artists Allison Agostinelli and Natalie Oswald collaborate in a mixed-media show about nature. Also: New cloud-inspired oil paintings by Aaron Bagley in "Scapes II." 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. "Scapes" ends Aug. 31. "Coin" ends Sept. 30.

Phinney Neighborhood Gallery Acrylic paintings by Crista Matteson in "My Utopia." Opens: Fri. Sept. 1. 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 Sept. 29.

Photographic Center Northwest In "The Glass Between Us," Rebecca Norris Webb photographs animals and people reflected in the glass of urban settings like zoos. Opens: Sat. Sept. 2. Also: "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. "Resonance" ends Aug. 30. "Glass" ends Sept. 29.

Platform Gallery In "Blindsight," local painter Jaq Chartier furthers her abstract experimentations with process and materials. Opens: Thurs. Aug. 31. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808, www.platformgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Oct. 7.

Vetri Nancy Klimley's "New Work" includes decorative kiln-cast glass skirts and other vessels using the "lost wax" process. Opens: Fri. Sept. 1. 1404 First Ave., 206-667-9608, www.vetriglass.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 24.

Winston Wächter Minimalist mixed-media abstractions on wood panel by Colorado artist Kris Cox. Opens: Tues. Sept. 5. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 3.

Last Chance

Bellevue Arts Museum Four fiber artists create maps of fabric and thread in "On Mapping: New Perspectives With a Common Thread." Ends Sept. 3. 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." Also: Garry Knox Bennett has created 52 wry and funky chairs in "Call Me Chairmaker." 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. "Wrapped" ends Sept. 24. "Studio Glass" ends Oct. 1. "Chairmaker" ends Nov. 26.

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 N.E., 206-543-5590, www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Sept. 4.

CoCA Photos and sculpture by Christian French and mixed-media work by Mike Berg. Ends Sept. 3. Also: Various media are in play in "Robert Kantor: The Hope Series." Ends Oct. 8. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980, www.cocaseattle.org. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.

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

Davidson Galleries "New Work by Gallery Artists" is a group show of local and international artists, while "The Published State: Part 2" in the Antique Prints Dept. features prints commissioned for French publications from 1910-1980, from the likes of Chagall, Kandinsky, Ernst, and Giacometti. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-1324, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both end Sept. 2.

D'Adamo/Woltz Vibrant symbolism imbues the oil canvases of Croatian artist Zivana Gojanovic. 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, www.dadamowoltzgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 5.

Foster/White The seemingly ubiquitous Dale Chihuly has a solo show in F/W's new space, featuring, of course, glass (including new work, Black Cylinders) and paintings. 220 Third Ave. S., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Francine Seders Gallery Normally Michael Howard paints pictures of recognizable buildings in muted oil tones. Suddenly he's splashing canvases with luminous acrylic colors, then slicing them into geometric fragments and stapling them back together. This certainly is "New Work." 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 Sept. 3.

Gallery IMA Alan Corkery Hahn's playfulinteractions 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. Both end 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.

Garde Rail The gallery celebrates its eighth anniversary with a show of vintage work by the grandfather of folk art Howard Finster (1916-2001) and by important Alabama folk artist Mose Tolliver. Tashiro-Kaplan Building, 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055, www.garde-rail.com, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 31.

Henry Art Gallery 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. Ends Sept. 3. Also: "Current: River Photography from the Monsen Collection" features the work of four photographers. Also: In "Threshold: Byron Kim 1990-2004," the Asian-American artist makes both striking and subtle observations about racial identification and the suppleness of memory in his misleadingly simple monochromatic panels. Highlights include the 275-paneled Synecdoche which got Kim noticed at the 1993 Whitney Biennial, and Emmett at Twelve Months, an abstract yet sweet depiction of his young son in 25 colored squares. Also: "day ring, night ring" are sound artist Steve Roden's two new installations that respond to the museum's permanent wonder room, Skyspace by James Turrell. Also: Akio Takamori's "The Laughing Monks" combines the UW art professor's own ceramic work with pieces from the Henry's collection. 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. "Current" and "Threshold" end Sept. 17. "ring" ends Oct. 15. "Monks" ends Oct. 22.

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.

La Familia The gallery marks its first anniversary with collage paintings by local artist Darrel Paul and ink drawings by Meclina. 117 Prefontaine Place S., 206-291-4608. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Thurs., and Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Linda Hodges Gallery Inoffensive oil paintings of horses by Brad Rude. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Lisa Harris Dramatic heavily inked figurative monotypes by John Lysak in "Myths and Melodramas." 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 Sept. 2.

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.

Northwest Craft Center Gallery "Surface, Form & Color" presents ceramic vessels and sculpture by Loren Lukens, Ginny Conrow, Cindy Jenkins, and Paddy McNeely. 305 Harrison St. (Seattle Center), 206-728-1555. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Ends Sept. 4.

Punch Gallery Subversive collage artist Joanna Thomas has her way with 19th-century French engravings by a bunch of men, amusingly embellishing them with a feminist twist in "Lion Devouring a Rabbit & Other Collages." Marilyn Monroe contemplates a large color hot dog while waiting for the ferry in Le Bac, while the sexist concept of a "fishwife" is illustrated literally and rendered ridiculous by an image of a woman with a tin of opened sardines on her lamenting brow. Watch out Delacroix, Poussin, and Watteau. 119 Prefontaine Place S., 206-621-1945, www.punchgallery.org. Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Sept. 3.

SAM Gallery: Art Sales and Rental "Summer Introductions 2006" presents work by eight artists new to the gallery. Seattle Tower, 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101, www.seattleartmuseum.org/artrentals. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Soil "Exploded View" features sculpture, drawing, and painting by five artists. Also: Chauney Peck explores non-science in "How Does Grass Grow?" in the gallery's back space. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Sept. 3.

Tacoma Art Museum "Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters." Ends Sept. 4. Also: "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: 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. "Essence" ends Sept. 17; "Between Clouds" ends Oct. 8.

Viveza Two recent Cornish Arts grads make their debuts. 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.

Galleries

Art Institute of Seattle Classroom work in a variety of media, from fashion to animation, is showcased in the "Annual Student Show." 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900, www.ais.edu. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Sept. 30.

Art/Not Terminal Ramon Deslauriers creates somewhat disturbing black and white digital collage paintings in "Dovinity: the Dove is God." Also: Susan Roller's sculptures and mixed-media canvases and Bruce Scott's sharp pastels in "The Infinite Path of Seeing." 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, www.antgallery.org. "Dovinity" hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. "Infinite": 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-6 p.m. Sat., 1:30-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 7.

ArtsWest "Combined Elements" presents work by Karen Graber, Angela Wales Rockett, and Janet Wold. California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963, www.artswest.org. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 23.

BLVD Gallery "No Wimps" features art by tattoo artists. 2312 Second Ave., www.blvdart.com. 1-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., & Sat., 1-7 p.m. Fri. Ends Sept. 8.

Columbia City Five artists interpret the human figure in "Human Animal." Also: Carletta Carrington Wilson's mixed-media collages in "Constellation of Shadows & Leaves." 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-9843, www.columbiacitygallery.com. Noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 10.

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.

Gallery63Eleven The fluid and colorful oil paintings of Ameen Dhillon. 6311 24th Ave. N.W., 206-478-2238, www.gallery63eleven.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 7.

Lawrimore Project For its second show, "This Is Gallery," the stylish new art space along the city's industrial south corridor presents a sampler from its edgy collection of artists, including Tivon Rice, Sami Ben Larbi, Lead Pencil Studio, Chris Jordan, SuttonBeresCuller, and Cris Bruch. Lawrimore Project, 831 Airport Way S., 206-501-1231, www.lawrimoreproject.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Lummi Island bronze sculptor Ann Morris explores the eerie elegance of nature in "Bone Journey." 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, 360-457-3532, www.pafac.org. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Oct. 29.

Roq la Rue "Undertow 2" presents work driven by fear and fantasy, curated by Alix Sloan. 2312 Second Ave., 206-374-8977, www.roqlarue.com. 1-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., & Sat., 1-7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 8.

20Twenty Paintings and drawings by Willow Robin and August Heffner.explore personal issues in "I Don't Shut Up, I Grow Up." 5208 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-706-0969, www.twentytwentyballard.com. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. Ends Oct. 10.

Two Bells Bar & Grill "Collagraphs" by Tom Lundholm. 2313 Fourth Ave., 206-441-3050. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Ends Oct. 4.

Wall Space Blurred motion abstractions by New York-based photographer Carolina Kroon in "Eastern Time." 600 First Ave. #322, 206-749-9133, www.wallspaceseattle.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 30.

West Edge Sculpture Invitational You may have already noticed sculptures sprouting up along the waterfront. 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.

Western Bridge Closed for installation until Sept. 16. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, www.westernbridge.org. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.

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, www.wavepoetry.com, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. Ends Nov. 15.

Museums

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. "Klompen" is the latest kinetic sculptural installation from sound artist Trimpin featuring 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.

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 History & Industry "Picturing the Century" features 100 years of photos of both historical and cultural fascination from the National Archives in D.C. 2700 24th Ave. E, 206-324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $5-$7. Ends Dec. 17.

Nordic Heritage Museum SEE BOX, PAGE TK. Mark Thompson's "The Promise of Happiness." 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.

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. "Picnics," "Tooba," and "Northwest Summer" end Oct. 15, "Buddha" is ongoing.

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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