The Fussy Eye

  • The Fussy Eye: Relaying the Information

    Sometimes a bad painting, like a bad movie, is so much more reflective of its times than the quality stuff. Currently traveling the country, Gallery … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Have You Got a Minute?

    “It’s very voyeuristic. It’s very weirdly intimate,” says artist and UW professor James Coupe of his new storefront video installation in the heart of Amazonland. … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Masked and Found

    There’s more than a bit of cinema history packed into the four-screen video installation Irma Vep, The Last Breath by New York artist Michelle Handelman. … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Scarlett Coten’s Apolitical Portraits

    Political upheaval always gets reduced to visual cliché. Thus the ’60s amounted to love beads, hippies, and peace signs. The Reaganite ’80s became yellow ties … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Nathan Vincent's Soft Soldiers at BAM

    New York artist Nathan Vincent returned to a familiar icon of boyhood for his room-filling new installation Let’s Play War! Any child of the postwar … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Waves of Wood

    I am usually the one to complain first and loudest about the lack of identification on public artworks, especially those of short-term duration. “Where’s the … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Door to the Future

    TAM has been on an Old West/frontier binge of late, what with the recent Haub bequest, and Matika Wilbur’s Native American portraits last year. And … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Beach House

    Because the scale and pace of construction are so jaw-dropping in SLU (what happened to Glazer’s?!?), any little Edith Macefield-style holdout earns automatic goodwill. The … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Cycles and Sections

    Maybe it’s because of BAM’s ongoing biennial show, Knock on Wood, or because all the trees are sprouting leaves and blossoms, but that material is … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Watching the Watchers

    The group show Police at Work has suddenly become more topical than curator Paula Maratea—or the dozen affiliated gallery artists—could’ve guessed. After the deaths-by-police of … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Jake Version 2.0

    Jake who? The Jacob Lawrence Gallery was founded in 1983 at the University of Washington, where the pioneering local painter was then a teacher. Since … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Cameron Martin’s Halftone Habitats

    Part of what I like about Cameron Martin’s new series of paintings is that they really can’t be photographed or reproduced, especially on the newsprint … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Of the Grid

    In German photographer Michael Wolf’s series Architecture of Density, we see severely cropped frontal views of generic new high-rise façades in Hong Kong, where he … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Yumiko Glover's Innocence Lost

    Yumiko Glover left Japan as young college graduate and never went back. After working in business and as a simultaneous translator, she settled in Hawaii, … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Light and Source

    This new sculptural installation by local artists Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora presents a tangle of old-school fluorescent bulbs—not those fancy, efficient, newfangled LEDs—suspended from … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Michael Heizer’s Art Parade

    I love a parade, and so does Los Angeles, though that’s not the view shared by the pioneering earth artist Michael Heizer, whose eponymous 2012 … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Inside Out

    The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has an uneven record with its outdoor Heaven & Earth exhibitions at Carkeek Park, mainly because the works are … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Drawn to Childhood

    It’s dark in back of the gallery, and at first you think Scott Kolbo, in his first solo show, is simply displaying dense pencil drawings … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Setting the Price

    Because there’s a new documentary screening this week about the Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei, now’s a good time to consider SAAM’s new permanent … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Dim the Lights

    One of the reasons Suyama Space is my favorite gallery for large one-off installations are the skylights facing east and west above the creaky wooden … More »