Blow Up

There have been hundreds of New Yorker cartoons about natives trying to propitiate, or understand, the gods who make volcanoes erupt. Looking back at the 30th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens disaster, a dozen local artists render the collapsed cone in a variety of ways. Grace Weston photographs bright-colored, frilly dresses on a clothes line, fluttering before a backdrop of dark, angry smoke. Gary Taxali turns the peak into cartoon pyramid figures. Photographed at night by Len Jenshel and Diane Cook, St. Helens is like a low, crouching beast. Rachel Maxi paints the mountain at diminutive scale--reducing the once mighty volcano into a matchbox, something you can hold in your hand or put in your pocket. The fire is out and the danger passed. BRIAN MILLER

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 20. Continues through June 26, 2010

 
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