The Fussy Eye

  • The Fussy Eye: Forgotten Music

    Opened ahead of SAM’s big new Peru show, and located just outside those treasure-filled galleries, is a mountain of scrap, perhaps the cheapest thing in … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Gone to the Dogs

    Still actively painting at 92, it seems like Gaylen Hansen has been around forever. Based in eastern Washington, given a 30-year retrospective at SAM six … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Burnt Nest

    Brooklyn artists Stephen Nguyen and Wade Kavanaugh have filled the Suyama atrium with 900 pounds of black craft paper. Flat or folded, the sheets would … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Fence of Light

    I first saw Carsten Höller’s Neon Circle a few years back at Western Bridge, the now-closed SoDo gallery where collectors William and Ruth True showcased … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Endless Summer

    If you want a reprieve from the heat, holiday traffic, and Bumbershoot throngs, the Frye offers a calming, Zen-like video for 20 minutes of contemplation. … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Place of Peril

    For the past five years, it feels like I’ve written the exact same sentence about the outdoor Heaven & Earth shows organized by the Center … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: A Roof With a View

    SAM’s efforts to add short-term, seasonal installations to the Olympic Sculpture Park haven’t been enormously successful. Temporary works mean cheaper materials that can be easily … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Space ’n’ Tape

    The last show at Suyama Space was made of corrugated plastic, the sort of stuff used to make cheap yard signs. Taking a step even … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Perilous Play

    Julie Blackmon specializes in eerie, staged photographic tableaux, something like the work of Gregory Crewdson. You know they’re all fake, but they fascinate for their … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Turn on Your Green Light

    Hing Hay Park is one of those parks I want to like more than I do. During a recent sunny afternoon, it was full of … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Dresses in Distress

    There’s a rustic, frontier-homestead quality to Larry Calkins’ new show under my hat, which mixes paintings, sculpture, and a series of flat, doll-size dresses that … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: A Sense of Placement

    Since Seattle Weekly moved from Spring Street to south of Pioneer Square, a different set of public artworks marks my daily bicycle commute and lunchtime … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Image Grab

    Tourists are the cruelest art critics. No matter if I hate Hammering Man, those descending from the Duck love it. And while I had, and … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Keep the Change

    Take my money! Why won’t you take my money? In case you haven’t noticed, our economy is moving to a frictionless, cashless system. We pay … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Exile on Main Street

    Who is Nicolai Fechin? The Russian figurative painter (1881–1955) was belatedly associated with the Munich Secession movement, which later inspired the Fryes to start collecting … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: The Coroplast Metropolis

    What is Coroplast®? Corrugated plastic, with a kind of honeycombed lattice between its surfaces, light and cheap—perfect for yard signs or temporary displays. (I think … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Lighting the Way

    A friend recently complained to me about the city’s new LED streetlights that had been installed on his block. They’re too bright, he said, as … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Gimme Shelter?

    Though he helped save the Market and Pioneer Square, and his son may yet be our next mayor, I am not a fan of his … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Salvage Art

    At the center of the atrium at MOHAI, newly relocated to the Naval Reserve Armory in South Lake Union, is a permanent new sculptural installation …

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  • The Fussy Eye: Yarn & Ammo

    The theme for this year's BAM Biennial is "High Fiber Diet," meaning all manner of yarn, fabrics, upholstery, embroidery, and sewing. And ammunition? My favorite … More »