The Fussy Eye

  • The Fussy Eye: The Little House That Would

    Edith Macefield became a celebrity in the last two years of her life (1921–2008), a symbol of gentrification and its discontents. She wouldn’t agree to … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Stick a Pin in It

    The name of this group photo show is Process, which certainly describes its very procedural, materials-focused theme. Forget about digital; these prints—some made without a … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Cone and Selection

    Nothing is symmetrical in nature. Trees are warped by the wind, streams meander, and even mountains are (mis)shaped by the elements (glaciers, erosion, what have … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: All Dried Up

    Some people roam the city looking for stray animals to shelter and adopt. My mission is to find public artworks that are ignored, neglected, or … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Leaves of Light

    Art and memorials are inseparable, and some might consider prehistoric funerary rites to be the origin of what we now consider Western art. During her … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Front and Centered

    Whose mug should EMP use to publicize its new photo show: George Clooney’s or that of some Amazon tribesman? What do you think? And yet … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Pillows, Paper, and Straw

    The best kind of conceptual art confounds you, confronts you, and possibly even annoys you before the dawning smile of an idea. Maybe not the … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: The Philosopher Behind the Photos

    Certain big names emerged among postwar American street photographers. Saul Leiter wasn’t one of them. He moved to New York in the mid-’40s, began shooting … More »

  • 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 »