The Fussy Eye

  • The Fussy Eye: This Year's Muddle

    Once upon a time, peons at architecture firms spent hours with X-Acto blades and white foamcore to create elaborate models for projects built and unbuilt. … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Found Photos

    The small sampling of photos in "The Seduction of Color" is essentially a teaser for the eponymous book (Marquand/Paper Hammer, $45–$150; conveniently on sale for … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Art and Obstruction

    My commute has been immeasurably improved—well, actually improved by $10 million—thanks to the new West Thomas Street Overpass, which connects Lower Queen Anne to Myrtle … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Braids of Grass

    Walk a few hundred yards north of the swimming area at Magnuson Park, before you get to the dog beach, and you'll find a peculiar … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Paint as a Solid

    There's nothing new about freeing painting from representation, but harder is to free paint itself—the fluid, sticky stuff we daub and brush on canvas—from its … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Gays and Guns

    In the group show Beyond the Western Lands, also featuring Brian Britigan, Adrain Chesser, and Jeffry Mitchell, the real standout is a series of photos … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Traces of Moondust

    As for many baby boomers, the Apollo moon landing made a huge impression on young Bill Finger, as he now notes in his artist statement … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Gary Hill, Part II, at the Henry

    Part II of Gary Hill's career retrospective glossodelic attractors introduced eight new video installations earlier this month. Whether you've been to Part I or not … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Anger in a Jar

    Most of the candy-colored sculptural confections offered by Rebecca Chernow are glass and glossy, cast-off consumer objects (or sculptural restatements of same), some littered on … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Keeping It Simple

    It was Steve Jobs who invented minimalism. No, scratch that, it was Mies van der Rohe. Unless, wait, it was the Shakers? When it comes … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Putting the Knife to the Library

    Anyone who's had to clear out a family estate will know the leaden, stomach-sinking horror of the library. What in God's name are we going … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: No Auto to Repair

    Besides chainsaw sculpture, the canon of roadside art also includes rusty old car parts welded into whimsical figures. The headlamps become eyes, the bumpers mouths, … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Squid Security

    The old parking meters are mostly gone, street-corner signs aren't so convenient, and you need a place to lock your bicycle. At Seattle Center especially, … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Twigs in Search of a Nest

    Memorial Day is past, summer is here, and it's the season for outdoor art. And for clearing bramble patches, which is how artist Bryan Ohno … More »

  • Steel Petals

    Ginny Ruffner is, deservedly, a local art institution. A breakout star during the '80s, she suffered a debilitating car crash in 1991. Last year's documentary … More »

  • The Fussy Eye: Hey, What's an Ikat?

    Dig those crazy striped bathrobes! Oh, wait, they're ikats, the traditional garment of Uzbekistan. Far from the Gauguin-going throng of shoppers and tourists downtown, SAAM … More »

  • Recycled Art for Earth Day

    Whatever happened to Earth Day? It's this Sunday, April 22—remember? Established in 1970, in large part owing to Seattle's Denis Hayes, the eco-awareness festival has … More »

  • Artist, Heal Thyself!

    When a group show promises to "explore the healing power of art," I visit with clenched fists. Hey, you oil painters and interpretive dancers, come … More »