Akio Takamori

Seattle artist Akio Takamori went to Denmark and returned with a bunch of vacation photos. Well, not exactly. The double portraits in Europeans are of Continental types ranging from teachers to queens, poets to princesses. One iteration is small and ceramic, a lumpy, thumb-pressed, imperfectly proportioned tabletop replica of some Average Johan you might meet on a Copenhagen street. But each solemn figure is paired with a larger formal portrait; these photos loom above like billboards. The two different scales give these porcelain characters a bit more dignity, even grandeur. On the gallery shelf, they could be mistaken for dolls. Portrayed larger, these clay citizens demand your respect. Also on view: Takamori’s medium-sized renditions of women in Renaissance dress, bulb-bottomed and with a certain Botero influence. BRIAN MILLER

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 19. Continues through Dec. 22, 2009

 
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