Lina Raymond

The iconic hold-out home of Edith Macefield (1921-2008), now surrounded by a mixed-use office building, is prominent in this show honoring Ballard landmarks both preserved and destroyed. Raymond titles the small collection "Bearing Witness/adaptation," and the contents are a little like crime-scene photos. There's the empty old Denny's sign, outlined against the sky, all that's left of the bulldozed restaurant. The old Sunset Lanes is fenced off and forbidding, its hardwood closed forever to bowlers and hipsters. "For Lease" signs stand in empty storefront windows. Ballard is changing--into what, Raymond offers no clues or predictions. Absent are the new condos and insta-pubs (the latter trying so hard to appear traditional, as if they've been there all along). Speaking of adaptation, what is to become of the empty Macefield house? Facing an empty lot (cleared but unfinanced for construction, the pit often filled with water like a pond), it'd be perfect as a gallery to exhibit the work of Raymond and others. (Note: the show moves to the Ballard Cupcake Royale on Aug. 1.) BRIAN MILLER

Sundays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Starts: June 6. Continues through July 31, 2010

 
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