Troy Gua’s “American Pie.” Courtesy Coca

Seattle Weekly’s Art Walk Picks

Our First Thursday highlights, including giant paper heads, Japanese woodblocks and more.

Scott Fife: Esto Perpetua

For its final exhibition in its physical space (before going online), Platform Gallery presents a solo show of work by Scott Fife, known for his larger-than-life head sculptures (animals, celebrities, Fidel Castro) made from grey cardboard. There is always something melancholy about Fife’s work. In this exhibit, renditions of authors Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound (celebrated yet tortured as they were) feel right at home in his oeuvre. Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave. S., 323-2808, platform gallery.com. Through August 7. T.S. FLOCK

American Power

American Power brings internationally celebrated conceptual artist Paul Rucker together with locals like Tracy Boyd, Chris Crites, Rebecca Cummins, and Troy Gua to confront hot American topics like gun violence, classism, and racism. There’s some bold work here: Rucker’s Ku Klux Klan robes, retailored in Ghanaian kente cloth and camouflage; Gua’s pie with bullet filling; and queer military veteran Boyd’s painting in reaction to the Orlando mass shooting. CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St., 728-1980, cocaseattle.org. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Thurs., July 7. Ends July 30. KELTON SEARS

National Clay

Part two of a planned three-part series, Traver Gallery’s Ceramic Invitational assembles work from 15 U.S.-based sculptors working in clay. The medium’s versatility will be on full display: a life-sized self-portrait by hyper-realist Tip Toland; an elegant, sensual slip-cast sculpture by Miles Spadone; several large pieces from Jun Kaneko. Every visitor is sure to find something they love. Traver Gallery, 110 Union St. #200, 587-6501, travergallery.com. Opening reception 5–8 p.m. Thurs., July 7. Ends July 30. TF

Japanese Woodblock Prints

If Graphic Masters at SAM was a bit too Western in scope for your taste, Davidson Galleries’ overview of gorgeous Japanese woodblock prints from 19th- and 20th-century artists like Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Hiroshi Yoshida, Kawase Hasui, and Tsunetomi Kitano should satiate you. Stunning full-color prints of scenes from spirit-filled folk tales, temple interiors, and nimble rōnin warriors will give you plenty to gawk at. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., 624-7684, davidsongalleries.com. Opening reception 6–8 p.m. Thurs., July 7. Ends July 30. KELTON SEARS

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