Wednesday, April 2, 2008

First Thursday April 3, 2008

ArtXchange Gallery - Extended final week of “Stitched, Woven, Sewn,” an exhibition featuring textiles from Laos, Peru, Thailand, Indonesia, and nomadic weaving tribes of Central Asia.

Benham Gallery - Continuing exhibit “Erotic Beauty,” featuring Paul Dahlquist, David Steinberg, Fiona Aboud, and Sean Newman. Exhibit runs through April 12, 2008.

Photograph by David Steinberg at Benham Gallery

Catherine Person Gallery - New exhibit “Strata” featuring richly layered ceramic sculpture and installation work by Hannah Alex-Glasser. April 3 - May 10, 2008

Corridor Gallery - Reception for “Hunting Season,” sculpture and mixed-media by Jody Joldersma. Joldersma creates sculpture and flat work in a wide variety of media. Her pieces are dark, yet whimsical visions of the internal lives of strange people and animals. April 3-26, 2008.

Jody Joldersma "Lester Tells Charlie his Dreams," Scratch Board, 2008

Foster/White - Paintings by “Darlene Cole.” Apr 3, 2008 - Apr 19, 2008.

Friesen Gallery - Reception for "What Does Compassion Look Like?" an exhibition and fundraiser for Seeds of Compassion featuring donated artwork by 40 regional artists. "What Does Compassion Look Like?" is a national campaign with gallery participants in multiple Seattle locations through April.

G. Gibson Gallery - “Unnatural History” featuring artwork by Nealy Blau and Justin Gibbens. April 3 - May 10.

Gallery4Culture - Opening reception for “Saturn’s Return” an exhibition of embroidered textiles by Seattle artist Allison Manch. The title refers to the astrological phenomenon that occurs nearly every thirty years in a person's life when said person undergoes a series of life altering changes and also a period of self reflection. Manch, nearing her thirtieth year, reflects upon her familial heritage through embroidered text and images on second-hand linens and handkerchiefs. Her family's move from New York to Arizona, and then Manch's subsequent move to Seattle, gave rise to a feeling of displacement and disconnection. Her study of photography influences the subject matter, be they cactus, hip-hop portraits, or Jewish folk tales, as Manch examines icons and relics of her past and future. April 3 - 25, 2008.

Works by Allison Manch in "Saturn's Return" at Gallery4Culture

Gallery 110 - “Members 1: New Gallery Artists.” Featuring works by: Alexandra Gjurasic, Joel Grossman, Robin Harlow, Holly Ives, Elissa Voland, Reilly Donovan, Susanne Kelly, Sara Zin, Li Turner, Jennifer Kemp, Ann Maki, and Amy Oates. April 3 - 26, 2008.

Gallery I|M|A - “John Franklin Koenig.” In collaboration with the Whatcom Museum’s exhibition of John Franklin Koenig, Home and Away, Gallery IMA proudly presents a retrospective of available works. John’s abstract paintings weave the story of his epic life onto canvas. While he spent much of his life living in Paris, the roots of his work are clearly Northwest - capturing the mystical qualities of the Puget Sound in his subtle use of color and forceful brushstrokes. April 3rd – 27th, 2008.

Garde Rail Gallery - “Lloyd Benjamin, Paul Cordes Wilm, Tim Hooper: Folk Pop!” Staying in the narrative and pragmatic tradition of the Southern Folk artists that came before them, this group of young artists portray their individual experiences and varying perspectives in a unique new style. Although the styles all vary, we find them harmonious, and fitting quite well into a new sub genre ‘Folk Pop.’ Through April 26, 2008.

Greg Kucera Gallery - Opening reception for new painting exhibition featuring “Jeffrey Simmons and Michael Knutson.” Through May 10, 2008.

Grover/Thurston Gallery - “Hybridizing Nature,” sculptural works by Margaret Ford. Through April 26, 2008.

James Harris Gallery - New gallery unveiling celebration marked by inaugural exhibition “Now and There,” a solo exhibition of Seattle based artist Margot Quan Knight. Culling from a diverse range of art historical precedents, Quan Knight unremittingly explores the transformative potential of photography. While Quan Knight draws on her experience at Fabrica, Benetton’s communication arts research center, she is also undeniably pushing well beyond the boundaries of a photograph’s ability to communicate an actual, fixed event in time. Also opening are four works by intramedia artist Gary Hill. For the last 35 years Hill has pushed the limits of our experience with his work making him one of the most important contemporary artists investigating an array of issues ranging from the physicality of language, synesthesia and perceptual conundrums to ontological space and viewer interactivity. Exhibition runs through May 10, 2008. The new gallery space is located at 312 2nd Ave. S.

Linda Hodges Gallery - “Glue” a group exhibition of artists working in collage. Curated by Daphne Minkoff, these artists have been chosen for their original take on an art form described as a quintessentially twenty-first century. Through April 26, 2008.

Pratt Gallery - The Pratt Gallery in the Tashiro Kaplan building presents “Small/Big,” an exhibition of metal sculpture from the Sculpture and Jewelry/Metalsmithing Studios at Pratt Fine Arts Center. April 3rd- April 25th, 2008.

Punch Gallery - Opening reception for “Animal Spell” featuring the work of Justin Gibbens + Amy Ross. Referencing early wildlife and botanical illustration, both artists demonstrate their own distinctive versions of a subversive natural history. April 3 – 27, 2008.

Composite of details from Birch with Birdshrooms by Amy Ross and Unicorn Moles by Justin Gibbens

Rock | DeMent - “Stephen Rock: Conversation with a Lake.” During the month of April, Stephen Rock will be showing select work inspired by a 2005 Morris Graves Foundation residency at The Lake in Northern California. Rock was given access to the property, studio and artist’s library of the late Morris Graves. During the stay he explored themes dealing with a retreat from technology and how that effects our world view, our relationship with nature and the change of pace when disengaged from a modern lifestyle.

Stephen Rock "6 Stages of Not Being Morris Graves, #6" watercolor on paper

Shift Collaborative Studio - Shift Collaborative Studio is proud to present “American Woman,” a new body of work by Jennifer Diamanti. American Woman is a series of mixed-media self portraits that are an organic and expressive narrative on Diamanti’s daily life as a woman, housewife, and stay-at-home mother, reflecting her struggle to retain a sense of self as an individual and artist. April 3 thru 26, 2008.

SOIL - “Soapland,” artwork by Issei Watanabe. A large castle suspended in an uncanny sort of innocence represents only the very surface of Soapland. The castle is composed of individual cast-ceramic bricks shaped as bars of soap, which then go on to rest upon various materials of an artificial nature. This exhibit compares the differences between how things appear at a surface level and the realities which often lie beneath. April 3-27, 2008.

Issei Watanabe, "Soapland" Christmas lights, silicone, plastic planter, mirror, tape, sheet metal, wax

Some Space Gallery - Exhibition featuring recent work by “Joey Bates.” Our faces are capable of creating over 20,000 expressions giving us a set of the most complex language tools out of all animals. For the past few years, Joey Bates has been focusing on how these expressions function as a language and how we read one another. His new paintings and drawings are a continuation of of the study with an added twist. Showing April 1st - 26th, 2008

Traver Gallery - New exhibition featuring painting by “Alan Fulle” and blown and carved glass and mixed media by “Hiroshi Yamano.” Through April 27, 2008.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Benham Gallery Vandalized

Last week, Benham Gallery in downtown Seattle was vandalized. The current exhibition, "Erotic Beauty," a daring exhibit that includes photographs of transgender woman and gay men, has presumably been the target of a hate-crime.

Gallery owner Marita Holdaway says it best on a note placed on the broken window:

"We believe our window was smashed by a person who was challenged by the
content of this exhibition.

The subjects of these artworks have experienced enough of this kind of
cowardliness and violence.

We are happy to discuss our curatorial decisions with anyone who wishes to
talk with us instead of experiencing this kind of behavior.

Happy Easter!"

Show your support of Benham and the artists in the exhibition by visiting the gallery and viewing this exhibition during the remainder of its run! For more information, visit the Benham Gallery website.

This Week's Highlights: April 1 - April 6, 2008

Wednesday, April 2

University of Washington - Aperture and the U of WA Library present “The Black Panthers: Making Sense of History,” photographs by Stephen Shames. During the height of the Civil Rights movement, from 1967 to 1973, photographer Stephen Shames had unprecedented access to the Black Panther Party through his close friendship with the Panthers and Bobby Seale in particular, and captured not only its public face-street demonstrations, protests, and militant armed posturing-but also unscripted behind-the-scenes moments, from private Party meetings held in its headquarters to Bobby Seale at work on his mayoral campaign in Oakland. Shames's work offers an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement, during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history. The exhibition will be on view through May 31st in the Odegaard Library at the U of WA.

Thursday, April 3

Pioneer Square First Thursday Artwalk - Full list of openings & events coming soon!

Friday, April 4

Northwest Film Forum - “Zidane” screening. Acclaimed contemporary artists and filmmakers Douglas Gordon (24 HOUR PSYCHO) and Philippe Parreno have taken a unusual approach in creating this film portrait of soccer superstar Zinédine Zidane. They focused seventeen synchronized 35mm and HD cameras (equipped with the most powerful zoom lenses ever made) solely on him for the entirety of a soccer match from the first kick of the ball to the final whistle. The result of this 360-degree, real-time portrait is a startling connection to the sensations, the psychology and the body of the athlete. The film's brilliant sound design captures the ebb and flow of the stadium crowd (one clue to the game's activity off-screen), and incorporates an original score by the band Mogwai that emphasizes the calm intensity of the player (and the sport.) “Zidane” will be showing at the Northwest Film Forum Friday - Sunday, April 4-6, at 7:15 and 9:15 pm. Sunday night screenings to be introduced by Henry Art Gallery Associate Curator Sara Krajewski. Tickets $5/NWFF and Henry Art Gallery members, $6/children and seniors, $8.50/general. Click here for tickets.

McLeod Residence - Opening reception for “Salvage” a site specific installation by Diana Falchuk that incorporates the gallery and lounge's signature wallpaper--and cake icing. Salvage opens with a reception April 4 from 5-9pm and will be exhibited through May 31. Also opening on April 4 is a skatedeck series curated by Kristen Rask of Schmancy and Kurt Barbee of 5280 Lasers; and Wildflowers, a series of digitally-altered Holga photographs by Jenene Chesbrough.

University of Washington - The Henry Art Gallery presents an artist lecture by “Josiah McElheny.” Josiah McElheny makes installations and discrete sculptures that explore crucial moments in the development of modernity, its visual and theoretical undercurrents. His interest in the history of modern science finds its fullest expression in The Last Scattering Surface, a vivid, tangible model of the Big Bang. In celebration of the exhibition’s opening, McElheny will discuss The Last Scattering Surface and the relationships between concepts such as history, fiction, and memory at play in his work. 7 pm in Kane Hall, Room 120. $8 Henry members / $12 General Admission / $10 Students and Seniors. Click here for tickets.

Photographic Center Northwest - “Crossing the Water” exhibition reception and book signing. Local artists, Claire Garoutte and Anneke Wambaugh, bring years of experience and research to this exhibition. Their evocative photographs not only draw the viewer into a world rarely witnessed by outsiders, they also offer viewers an unprecedented opportunity to better understand the diversity of Afro-Cuban religious traditions. This deeply affecting visual document encourages its audience to look beyond stereotypical depictions of a religious culture and a nation that have so often been misrepresented and misunderstood. Garoutte is Assistant Professor of Photography at Seattle University. Her work has appeared in exhibits in the United States and abroad. Wambaugh is an award-winning photographer and an independent scholar of African and Afro-Caribbean ritual art who has worked extensively in Haiti and Cuba. Reception 6-8 pm. Exhibition runs through April 29, 2008.

© Claire Garoutte and Anneke Wambaugh. "Santiago Castañeda Vera seated amid his godchildren"

Saturday, April 5

Henry Art Gallery - “Josiah McElheny: The Last Scattering Surface” exhibition opens. Josiah McElheny has grafted a distinguished art career out of two far-flung strands of contemporary art practice: conceptual art and the studio glass movement. Deploying the most sophisticated and virtuoso glass-working techniques, he makes installations and discrete sculptures that explore crucial moments in the development of modernity, its visual and theoretical undercurrents. Since his celebrated An Historical Anecdote about Fashion, commissioned by the Henry Art Gallery in 1999, McElheny’s work has focused primarily on comparing art to the history of the 20th century. His interest in the history of modern science finds its fullest expression in The Last Scattering Surface. Working with astrophysicists at Ohio State University over several years, McElheny has created a vivid tangible model of the Big Bang, the explosion postulated to represent the beginnings of organic matter. Characteristically the form also quotes visual culture, specifically the gigantic chandeliers of New York’s arch-modern performance space, Lincoln Center. April 5 – July 13, 2008.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

We're Back: This Week's Highlights

Seattle Art News is back from vacation and ready for spring. Don't forget that the Gates of Paradise exhibition at SAM closes April 6!

This week's post features highlights from the many events happening this week. As always, check the full calendar for all events.

(Also - check out the left sidebar under Regional Arts Headlines (keep scrolling) for a new RSS feed of news, events, and updates from local galleries and museums. Let me know if someone has a blog that you want to see on this page. Enjoy!)

Wednesday, March 26

Seattle Art Museum - A Pivotal Perspectives lecture, “Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Art and Innovation.” In his essay for the Gates of Paradise catalogue, writer and Renaissance sculpture expert Andrew Butterfield addressed the innovation in Ghiberti’s magnificent baptistery doors. Hear Butterfield elaborate more about this topic in conversation with SAM’s chief conservator Nicholas Dorman. 7 pm in Plestcheeff Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Museum admission not required. Please call the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121 to secure seating. SOLD OUT!

Thursday, March 27

Seattle Art Museum - "Illuminating the Gates of Paradise" lecture. How did the Gates of Paradise make their way from Florence to Seattle? Join Gary Radke, guest curator of The Gates of Paradise as he discusses how new life was brought to this Renaissance masterpiece. 7 pm in Plestcheeff Auditorium. Free with Museum Admission. To reserve your space, please call the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are released ten minutes prior to start time.

Platform Gallery - “Kelly Mark: stupid love” Artist Reception. Toronto artist Kelly Mark, whose work was last seen in Seattle at the Henry Art Gallery in 2006, will be featured in a solo exhibition at Platform Gallery. Mark's video, drawings, installations and sculptures have centered on her awareness of time–its passing, wasting, marking, keeping–through the recording of repetitive tasks and ordinary unnoticed moments. In addition to sculptures and photographs, Mark will be exhibiting "REM" an installation featuring a video mashup consisting of 170 different sources taken from television. Reception 5-7 pm. Exhibit continues through May 3, 2008.

Northwest African American Museum - “Daniel Minter Artist Lecture.” Mr. Minter is the Washington Foundation Artist in Residence at the new Northwest African American Museum, which celebrated its grand opening earlier this month. Originally, from Ellaville, Georgia, Minter is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta. Always attempting to weave the traditional with the contemporary, Minter’s work is often narrative, mingled with threads of Southern folklore and African spirituality. Mr. Minter will be displaying a number of his pieces at the Museum before and after the lecture. Talk begins at 6 pm, wine and cheese reception begins at 7 pm.

Painting by Washington Foundation Artist in Residence, Daniel Minter

Friday, March 28

Gallery IMA - “In The Name of Love: An installation in Gallery III by Carol Milne.” Opening and artist reception from 5-8 pm. Spread out upon white quartz sand, are 32 kiln & hot cast glass grenades, each differ in size and shape, with the tops removable by the pin. Carol explores the ideas and relations between grenades and gifts. These gifts are hot cast grenades with bullet-shaped interiors. Kiln cast bows adorn the tops. On the surface the grenade looks like a fancy gift box, colorful, beautiful, a delight to hold. But a closer look reveals the ominous undercurrents, the danger within. A gift has a giver and a receiver. It's usually given with good intentions, and received with joy. But are good intentions enough? When it's no longer welcome, is it still a gift?

Microsoft Art Collection - A screening of “Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments” directed by Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper. Ellsworth Kelly’s work is abstracted forms of everyday sights, like the shadow cast by a tree, or the space between two buildings. Kelly uses bright color fields with highly defined edges to represent these subjects, often with one color per canvas. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant abstract painters, sculptors and printmakers still working today. Fragments follows Kelly as he visits Paris, where he spent much of his twenties, as well as detailing the installation of a pair of wall drawings that were commissioned for the United States Embassy in Beijing. The Film Series is held at Microsoft Redmond Campus Building 33 Conference Center. Click here for more information. 6-7:10 pm.

BLVD Gallery - “Residential” series performance by Foscil, Seattle's "Post Baroque Nu-Hop" ensemble. Foscils music is an amalgam of diverse influences touching on the atmospheric production of Wu Tangs RZA, the out-jazz of Miles, and the psychedelic meandering of Zappa. Each performance in the series features a different incarnation of the group. 8 pm.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seattle Art News is on Vacation!

Hello friends! As many of you have noticed, Seattle Art News is on a temporary vacation from weekly events posting. Much needed R&R is currently underway, as well as planning for an exciting FORMAT CHANGE coming up for this site in the next month.

The Seattle Art News calendar is still being updated, so check it out for all the dates you need to know, what's happening this weekend, and where the best art is right now.

I'll be back! Cheers, - Lois Lane

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

First Thursday March 6, 2008

ArtXchange Gallery - "Stitched, Woven, Sewn," an exhibition of textiles from around the world. Fabrics from Laos, Peru, Thailand, tribes of Central Asia, and more are displayed in an interactive and touch-friendly exhibition including photos and stories to bring the fabrics to life for the viewer. Exhibition continues through March 28.

Benham Gallery - Opening reception for “Erotic Beauty,” featuring work by Paul Dahlquist, David Steinberg, Fiona Aboud, and Sean Newman. The artist reception is from 6-8 pm. Join Benham on Saturday, March 8th at 2 pm, for a gallery panel discussion and slide presentation with the artists. Exhibition continues through April 12.

Corridor Gallery - “Always Remember This Place” encaustic and mixed media by Janet Miller (AKA Planet Janet). Janet Miller is a frequent traveler and a collector. She collects tangible items that serve as markers of her intangible experiences, the stories, thoughts, and questions that arise along her journeys. These tangible items, such as maps, books, letters, and flyers, form the foundation on which she builds her work. The result is art that documents and promotes a continuing dialogue between self and others about the world around us. Reception 5-9 pm. March 6 - 30, 2008.

Janet Miller, “I Know that Everything Changes, but this Moment is Perfect”Encaustic, oil paint, graphite, and found objects

D'adamo/Woltz Gallery - Reception for paintings by Alla Goniodsky. "I started my career as a theatre artist and, to a large extent, this is the way I see life. The less obvious visions and impressions of events interest me the most... Multiple layers and different sequences of oil paints, pastels, inks and pencil in a single piece characterize my rather complicated painting techniques."

Foster/White - Join Foster/White for new exhibition featuring artwork by Alden Mason. Mar 6, 2008 - Mar 22, 2008.

Gallery4Culture - The opening of "Old Growth and Used Memories," an exhibition of new sculpture by Seattle artist Jason Wood. Reception 6-8 pm. March 6 - 28, 2008.

Gallery 110 - "The Grief Series,” a collection of acrylic paintings and collages by Pacific Northwest artist Dixie Parker-Fairbanks. Widow of renowned ceramicist Richard Fairbanks, Parker-Fairbanks created this body of work in the last decade in response to her husband’s tragic death in 1989. This exhibit will also include select major pieces by Richard, whose works have been exhibited internationally. March 5-29, 2008.

Gallery IMA - For the month of March, Gallery IMA is pleased to announce the opening of “Juxtapositions,” new mixed media works by Cory Peeke, and “Garden Virtue,” oil and charcoal paintings by John Paul Schafer. Cory Peeke’s latest series of collages and wall pieces juxtaposes appropriated images acquired from found photography, art historical masterworks, vintage illustration, and the Internet with one another to explore the physical manifestations of masculinity. In response to our ailing environment, John Paul Schafer’s inspiration for his ‘modern botanical studies’ came from an assortment of bones, pods, insects and plants gathered from the artist’s backyard, nearby parks and nature trails. Also on display is a site-specific installation in Gallery III, by Carol Milne. March 6 – 30, 2008.

John Paul Schafer, Silent, oil & charcoal on panel, 24"x24" inches.

Greg Kucera Gallery - "Burpee Garden Revisited," artwork by Alden Mason. March 6 - March 29, 2008. Opening 6-8 pm.

Grover/Thurston Gallery - An exhibition of acclaimed Seattle artist Fay Jones. Exhibition continues through March 29, 2008.

La Familia – Michelle Anderst exhibits “Drugs and Social Network,” the artists homage to the Seattle coffee shop scene. Anderst salutes Seattle's Independent Coffee Shop in her Installation work featuring two-dimensional pieces with a "three-dimensional" experience. The paintings come alive, making it feel as if a coffee shop has been cut-out of its typical setting to be placed inside the gallery. Every image in the show is a representation of those things found in actual coffee shops in Seattle, including All City Coffee and Espresso Vavace. Runs through March 31.

Pratt Gallery at Tashiro Kaplan - “Print Zero Studios 5th Print Exchange .” The exhibition features 291 5x7-inch prints from artists in 17 countries. Eight instructors from Pratt Fine Arts Center are included in the show: Kamla Kakaria, Rickie Wolfe, Abraham Mong, Lisa Hasegawa, Kim VanSomeren, Eric Chamberlain, Theresa Neinas, and Kerstin Graudins. These artists of varying backgrounds each bring a unique perspective on print and together comprise a wide variety of printmaking techniques. The exhibition runs March 6th-30th with the opening from 6-8pm.

Kamla Kakaria, Untitled, 2007, shellac plate print

Punch Gallery – “Safe and Sound.” Howard Barlow’s new body of work, Safe and Sound, is cold and unfriendly yet formal and safely non-objective with evidence of an obviously dangerous past. Borrowing from a hospital aesthetic, Barlow aims to bridge the gap between conceptions of stability and volatility. Utilizing institutional powder-coat colors, gun-barrel patina finishes, recycled bullet-lead solder, reconstructed broken window panes, wool yarn, abused steel, and actions such as knitting, hacking, shooting, shattering, and leading glass, this body of work explores the symbiotic relationships of danger and safety, vulnerability and protection. Reception 5-8 pm. Exhibit continues through March 30.

Seattle Art Museum – In addition to being free on First Thursdays, the Seattle Art Museum can be experienced in a new way with PDL's “Unauthorized Audio Tour” of the Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection. There are twenty-two tracks in total, all approaching works within the museum and offering a great range of perspective, truth and humor. Their limited addition of 50 recordings quickly sold out, but during the First Thursday PDL will be loitering in the lobby of SAM from 5:00 till closing, offering portable audio devices for free, to all who care to see SAM's permanent collection in an all together different light. Look for the guys in the turquoise blazers with their initials embroidered on the front, looking awkward and suspect.

Shift Collaborative Studio – “A Brief Walk on the Edge” exhibiting welded steel sculptures and a light box installation by June Sekiguchi. Using pattern in a continuation of her conceptual ideas of cultural and personal identity, pattern is brought to its most elemental, workable form and fabrication techniques while still working toward conveying her interest in layering pattern in a new way that the medium allows. The work in the exhibition have a common characteristic in that they are sectional pieces that combine to form the larger piece and can be reconfigured in a variety of ways significantly altering the design. Sekiguchi will be reconfiguring the work during the opening reception as well as each week of the exhibition. Reception 5-8 pm. Exhibit continues through March 29.

June Sekiguchi, Detail of "Octogon," 2008

SOIL - Opening reception for “New Members Show 2008” featuring work by four of SOIL's newest additions: Nola Avienne, Vesna Pavlovic, Renée Rhodes and Adam Satushek. This diverse group of artists will add fresh new perspectives to the SOIL collective. New works in photography, installation, video, sculpture and drawing will be exhibited. Opening 6-9 pm. March 6–30, 2008.

Some Space Gallery - Showing March 3rd - 28th, “Fake Glass Buoys,” recent work by Banjamin Hanawalt. Using collage as a blueprint for his oil paintings, Benjamin Hanawalt's compositions of shapes, figures, color and, most recently, an endless array of buoys, provide viewers a sense of escape. The buoys, each unique in size, shape and color, and lovingly rendered in muted tones, offer a familiarity by which to return. Opening reception 6-9 pm.

Wall Space - New show, “Introspection", showcases photographer Susan Burnstine’s newest body of work, Between, as well as her award winning series, On Waking Dreams. Susan’s images compel us to look to the place where reality ends and dreams begin, where we look into ourselves to find who we are and who we want to be. Artist reception 6-8 pm. Exhibition continues through April 5.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This Week's Events: March 4 - March 8, 2008

Tuesday, March 4

Trabant Coffee and Chai - The collage of Marty Gordon will be on display at Trabant Coffee and Chai (1309 NE 45th St. in the U District) starting on March 3. "...his messages are relevant to today, and seem to be pointing to a higher purpose, a bigger message.” - Julie Sadler from Collage Clearinghouse.

Marty Gordon, "Waffles from Heaven"

Wednesday, March 5

Cornish College of the Arts – Opening reception for “Mark-Makers: The 2008 Cornish Art Faculty Exhibition” featuring new and recent work by seventeen members of the Cornish Art Department faculty. Representing painting, photography, print, mixed media, video, and sculpture, the faculty provides students with a strong variety of artistic perspectives and technical expertise. Through vastly different themes, techniques, and approaches to the creative process, many connections amongst the work of these artists may be apparent after taking a look beneath an initial visual impression. Reception from 5-8 pm. Exhibition continues until April 4, 2008.

Seattle Art Museum – In the Pivotal Perspectives series: “Masterpieces of Roman Art in Seattle.” Join Carlos Picón, Curator of the Greek and Roman Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as he discusses a wide range of Roman antiquities included in Roman Art from the Louvre, the landmark loan exhibition from the Louvre. Picon’s talk will also illustrate other antiquities in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public. To reserve your space, please call the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121.

Thursday, March 6

First Thursday Artwalk in Pioneer Square – This month has a 'dog-friendly' theme. Full list of openings will be posted on Wednesday!

Henry Art Gallery – “Talk Demo on Sound Poetry and Conversation” featuring Steve McCaffery and Jeanne Heuving. Steve McCaffery is a poet, performance / intermedia artist and critic. He was a founding member of Toronto Research Group and the Four Horsemen sound-text ensemble. Briefly associated with Fluxus, he has two commissioned pieces in the Fluxus Collection of Francesco Conz. On Wednesday, March 5, McCaffery will be reading as part of the Subtext Reading Series at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel Performance Space. Join us for this subsequent conversation between McCaffery and UW Professor Jeanne Heuving, author of the cross genre works Incapacity and Transducer. 7 pm, Free.

Northwest Film Forum – “8th Annual ByDesign Opening Night.” This special annual series explores the intersection of graphic design and moving image, and celebrates multidisciplinary artists who push at the boundaries to create new techniques, styles and forms. On Thursday, ByDesign 08 kicks off with a blast! This free opening reception and audiovisual event features the latest video work by UK group Semiconductor and live video and sound performances of new work by digital artists Kamran Sadeghi (Son Of Rose) and Randy Jones (Caro) exploring the synchronization of colors, shapes and type with sound. 8 pm. ByDesign runs from March 6-13. Check here for a full list of events.

Vermillion – “Arcade Magazine Issue 26:03 Release Party.” Arcade Magazine has chosen Vermillion to unveil their latest issue, feature edited by Cara Rose DeFabio and touching on Fashion and Design. Join us this Thursday for wine, food and to see the newest issue. Also, art by Marianne Goldin as well as concepts from Graypants, Erin Kendig, Design Kompany, and Stacey Farrar. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Friday, March 7

Fremont First Friday

Photographic Center Northwest - “What's Not to Love?” featuring work by Rachel Herman, Molly Landreth & Jenny Riffle. Rachel Herman depicts how love bends but doesn't necessarily break. In her series, The Imp of Love, Herman photographs couples, who were once lovers but are now renegotiating their relationship in a new context. In Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America, Molly Landreth's photographs serve as an archive and a journey through a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who bravely offer new visions of what it means to be queer. In her series, The Space In Between, Jenny Riffle investigates the practice of empathy and the psychological spaces of people that surround her and are most dear to her. Artists reception from 6-8 pm. Exhibition runs through March 28, 2008.

© Molly Landreth, Meg and Renee, Denny Blaine Beach, WA, 2006, Digital Pigment Print

Bellevue Arts Museum - Curator Walkthrough of “Material Terrain” with curator Stefano Catalani. 6:30-7:30 pm, Free.

Saturday, March 8

Ballard Second Saturday Artwalk

Bellevue Arts Museum – “Pratt Demonstrations: Marble Carving with Anthony Brigance Cook.” Explore the personal process of carving marble! Cook will show the stages of marble carving through visual representations and will demonstrate how to remove stone with hand chiseling and hand files. 1-3 pm, Free.