Tuesday, April 1, 2014

APRIL Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of April (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! It's Easter month, so themes of resurrection and rebirth and eggs and bunnies and zombies will abound! Here are some other fun days to enjoy: April Fools Day (1st), Walk Around Things Day (4th), Plan Your Epitaph Day (6th), Draw a Picture of a Bird Day (8th), National High Five Day (17th), Easter (20th), and World Penguin Day (25th)! And if you'd rather not hunt for eggs, you can hunt for art instead!


Jody Joldersma @ Ghost Gallery
"Amazons & Trolls: Escaping the Dungeons of the Modern Monster" by Jody Joldersma at Ghost Gallery. A solo exhibition featuring new mixed media work exploring various takes on feminism and trolling. Show runs thru 6 April!
"Nightmare Inductions" @ CoCA
"Nightmare Inductions" at CoCA. A series of interactive installations by the arts collective Noxious Sector. With the aid of brain wave entraining sound and video, participants are guided through a shared trance induction experience. Each experience focuses on a common nightmare theme. Three separate themes are offered in three induction areas: Dreams of Falling; Dreams of Teeth; and Noxious Sector's most recent creation, Forgetting. Show runs thru 10 April!


"Parallels" @ AXIS

The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Thursday, 3 April from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Abmeyer + Wood - "Sustaining" Sustaining focuses on the health of our ecosystem and community impact on the environment. Through material use and political perspective, the artists featured in this exhibition each express a deep connection with nature. Abmeyer + Wood will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local nonprofit, Long Live the Kings.
AXIS Pioneer Square - "Parallels" by Tracy Boyd & Tatjana Pavicevic. Gallery AXIS presents two artists with very distinct styles who’ve come together to explore the struggles of society and how they parallel with the internal struggles of the individual. Characterized by motion and her use of reclaimed tarps, Tracy Boyd's life-sized paintings come alive. Her large, colorful animals symbolizing social domination contrast with Tatjana Pavicevic's intimate graphite drawings. Pavicevic's monochromatic work creates a sense of self-inquiry and explores subjective experiences and their parallels in the external world.
Flatcolor Gallery - "Exhauster/Compessor" by Joe Nix. A new series of realistic paintings in oils and in larger scale with spray paint; focused on documenting one of Seattle’s most recognizable landmarks from one of its lesser known vantage points. Step into the mechanical guts and inner-workings of Seattle’s Gas Works Park and explore the intricate pipework and abandoned machinery inside one of Seattle most iconic locations. Brightly colored pipes and colossal machine-works merge to create elaborately shadowed layers for Nix’s realistic compositions.
Greg Kucera Gallery - "Ink on Paper" by Chris Engman
OK Gallery - "Divine Mania" (artist Francisco D) featuring over twenty paintings from 2008-2014 including  abstract expressionist works, realist figurative portraits, a mixture of the two styles, as well as framed digital paintings. Also featured at the show will be artists Buddy Austin, Danny White, and Jason Bauer. 
Roq la Rue - "La Dance Macabre" by Camilla Rose Garcia and "Fire in the Maproom" by Peter Ferguson. We are thrilled to welcome Pop Surealist superstar Camille Rose Garcia back to the gallery with a solo show, as well as our represented artist and rising star Peter Ferguson. It's difficult to acquire originals by either artist so let us know if you'd like to be on the buyer's preview.
SOIL - "Meanderboard" alludes to the Greek Key pattern used to describe a basic Labyrinth- the “up, right, down, left” pattern that repeats onto itself; a system that can be applied to ones own faceted identity. Local artist Allyce Wood and Danish artist Diana Lindbjerg use video, photography, and work on paper to describe concepts of persona and representation. Metaphorical imagery, documentations, and alternative portraits examine the range of truths and inconsistencies ever-present in the collective consciousness.
Trabant Coffee/Laika Lounge - "Anatomy & Analogy" featuring Braden Duncan, Larkin, Morbid Anatomy, Rachel Setzer, Ronnie Taylor, Sara Baumgart & Yvette Endrijautzki. The "Anatomy & Analogy" theme reflects how our bodies, both internal and external, can affect and be affected by both physical and ephemeral elements.
Also check out new work at 4Culture, 57 Biscayne, Angle Gallery, Art Xchange, The Belfry Oddities, Core Gallery, Davidson Galleries, Delicatus, Foster/White Gallery, Gallery 110goCstudio, Heart, Gallery IMA, Linda Hodges Gallery, Method Gallery, Nord Alley & the Alley Network Project, Occidental Square Park, Pioneer Square Saloon, Punch, Room 104 Gallery, SAM, SAM Gallery, Shift, Stonington Gallery, TK Artist Lofts, and more! Pioneer Square is the oldest art walk in the United States, and features over 50 galleries, studios, and other art spaces!

"CityArts Art Walk Awards" at Sole Repair Shop, Thursday, 3 April from 7-11pm. Join us for the Art Walk Awards, where we will award three artists cash prizes, based upon YOUR vote! RSVP to our FREE event. Sponsored by Blue Moon. 21+

The 1st Thursday Art Walk (B-Town Beat) in Burien. Thursday, 3 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Burien Press - Frank Gallimore
Skinperfect Aesthetics - Roxanne Fawcett
Check out new work at Burien Arts Gallery, Burien Books, Elliott Bay Brewery, Glass Expressions, Maven Mercantile, Phoenix Tea, Vino Bello, and more! 

Tiny Fat Bird @ Fremont Jewelry
Eli Wolff @ Portage Bay

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 4 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Fremont Jewelry Design - Jewellery by Tiny Fat Bird Studio
Pel'MeniDumpling Tzar - Dave Ryan, pop culture stenciled records
Portgage Bay Goods - Eli Wolff, paintings. Eli Wolff is a Seattle artist with a background in illustration, classic animation, and video game design. His influences range from carnival kitsch, children’s books, Saturday morning cartoons, graffiti and skateboard graphics. His work is a fun blend of pop culture and his warped imagination and love of puns. 
Also check out new work at ArtFX Gallery, Asgard Tavern, Atlas Clothing, Bellefleur Lingerie, evo Timesinfinity Gallery, Frame Up Studios, Fremont Health Club, Gasworks Gallery, GiGi Retro Inspired Clothing, Hub and Bespoke, Johnson Architects, Makerhaus, Sanachi Massage, Saturn, Space, Starbucks Coffee, The Sweet Spot, and more! 

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Madison Park, Friday, 4 April from 6-9pm. Featuring art from over 30 local artists! Check out new work at Cactus, Madison Kitchen, Madison Park Bakery, Park Bench Gifts, Red Wagon Toys, Starbucks,and more!

Johnpaul Jones @ BAC

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Bainbridge Island, Friday, 4 April from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts &Crafts - "The Nature of Johnpaul Jones". A remarkable exhibition of never-before-seen drawings by designer, architect, and Island treasure Johnpaul Jones. Also, "Outside the Line", drawings by Amy D'Apice.
Roby King Gallery - Group show of all gallery artists featuring no sales tax! 
See new and exciting work at Blackbird Bakery, the BPA, Danger, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public House, IslandGallery, Pegasus Coffee, Pauli Dennis Gallery, PrettyStick, Sally Robinson Gallery, and more!

The 1st Saturday Art Walk in Port Townsend, Saturday, 5 April from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Red Raven Gallery - Braden Duncan, "Clockwork Coterie" featuring watercolours of mechanical birds and bees!
Also check out new work at Earthenworks Gallery, Forest Gems Gallery, Gallery 9, Max Grover Gallery, Northwind ArtsAlliance, Port Townsend Gallery, Simon Mace Gallery, Williams Gallery, and more! If you get hungry along the way, stop into Elevated Ice Cream, Nifty Fifty'sDiner, Water Street Creperie, or Cellar Door (the delicious brainchild of local food afficionados Dominic Svornich and Stephanie Hoch). 

"Mourning Market" at El Corazon, Sunday, 6 April from noon-5pm. Come and join us for our 5th year as "Seattle's Premier Dark Theme Market." Get dressed up in your finest, darkest garb. Spend the day strolling through El Corazon all the while shopping for unique pieces by the Pacific Northwest's spookiest artists. Come visit with friends, and enjoy some drinks. Mourning Market is all Ages. $1 entrance fee. 50 FREE Body Bags will be given to the first adults through the door. See you at the show!

Joe Park @ Cornish

 "Joe Park Artist Talk" at Cornish College of the Arts, Monday, 7 April from noon-1pm. Please join us for our Neddy at Cornish Artist Talk with 2005 Neddy Awardee Joe Park.
Joe Park, a graduate of Cornish 1988, and Cal Arts 1990, has been exhibiting and working in Seattle since 1995.
His most recent work represents a personal campaign to identify, develop, and document a genre of painting he calls “Prizmism”, also the subject of his upcoming monograph published by Minor Matters.

The 2nd Wednesday Art Walk in Wallingford takes place May-September from 6-9pm.
Until then, you can always find art at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, Blue Star Cafe, Cafe Appasionato, Chocolati, Cutz Meridian, Frame Central, Fuel Coffee, Kerf Gallery, Lucky 7 Salon, Seamonster Lounge, Seattle Mosaic Arts and more! Don't forget to stop into Archie McPhee's as well! It doesn't exactly showcase 'art,' but it's fantastic and ridiculous, and you won't be disappointed...

Isobelle Ouzman @ Front Seat

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 10 April from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Blindfold Gallery - "Wake the Earth" by Jesse Treece & Michael Tunk
Broadcast Coffee - Julio Velela, paintings. "The Swirls Collection revolves around the concept of entanglement, swirl patterns and a hint of surrealism. I wanted to create imagery that expressed organized chaos, appeared to be hypnotic and have a sense of motion."
Cafe PettiRosso - "Ovum Sapience", an egg related art show featuring Braden Duncan, Cathleen Shattuck, Lydia Ashman, Nick Gucker, Salyna Gracie, and more. Curated by Yvette Endrijautzki.
Cloud Gallery - Halsey Swain, Jason Middleton & Yvette Endrijautzki
Front Seat Gallery - Isobelle Ouzman, illustration and altered books
Ghost Gallery - "4th Anniversary!" with Akiko Jackson & Jessica Hoffman. April 10th will not only be a very exciting Art Walk event, it marks four years since the Grand Opening of our beloved gallery on Capitol Hill! Akiko Jackson and Jessica Hoffman showcase their work from the 2013-2014 ArtBridge Fellowship at Ghost Gallery in Seattle. Conceptually sophisticated and masterfully executed, the exhibition is a true celebration of emergent talent in our region.
In-Arts Collective - Missing Halloween?! Come join us for a Horror Themed Art show featuring local artists! Haunted House and live music as well!
Ltd Gallery - "Mint Condition: Issue #3" (encore). Ltd Art Gallery teams up with Emerald City Comicon to bring you our third annual MINTcondition art show. Over 40 artists will come together and pay tribute to their love of the Comic Book genre!
Retrofit Home - Curtis Ashby & Jeff Farnam
Saints Gallery - "Quarter" an intimate series of four works from each artist giving a glimpse into their minds over the course of four consecutive weeks. Artists Carrie Redway, Cristie Kearny, Dan Shafer Heidi Estey, Sarah Stawniczy  and Trisha Gilmore created individual series contemplating a variety of topics through poetry, mixed media and illustration.
Also check out new work at Americana, Apocalypse Tattoo, Boom Noodle, Cafe Vita, Capitol Cider, Cupcake Royale, High 5 Pie, Joe Bar, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Paris Eastside, PCNW, Poco Wine + Spirits, SAAM, STart Wall Project, SugarPill, True Love Gallery, Vermillion, and more!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 10 April from 9.30pm til late. You do not have to be a member for this night, and you do not need a member to sign you in. It is open to the public. No dress code. Free for members before 9.30pm, $5 for non-members. Starts at 9pm and goes til 2am. The performer will go on around 10.30 and again at 11.30, and the artist will be there all night. Come buy art, drinks, hear music and watch a sexy lady dance. "Transmission" happens the 2nd Thursday of every month.

Megan Lingerfelt @ Twilight

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in West Seattle, Thursday, 10 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Twilight Gallery - "Never Useless" by Megan Lingerfelt
Also check out new work at Arts West, Click! Design That Fits, The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shadowland, Skylark Cafe, Shoofly Pie, West 5, Wild Rose's, Windermere, and more!

Gage Academy of Art

Gage Academy of Art presents three new exhibitions! Friday, 11 April from 6-8pm.
Opening Night is open to the public, free of charge.
"Passing Through" features the work of Seattle-based artists Rebecca Cummins, Caroline Kapp and Pat de Caro, as well as Skagit Valley artist Jasmine Valandani. From photography to sculptural installation, they offer new ways to see the world around us. Steele Gallery: April 11-May 4.
"Artists of the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier." An annual show of the drawings, paintings and sculpture created by the students of the Kang-O'Higgins Atelier. The Atelier is based on two pillars of study, students are required to work in a strong observational tradition while also working on their personal imaginative studies. Rosen Gallery: April 11-May 4.
"Students of the Faigin Atelier." Gary Faigin’s Still-Life Atelier students present their most recent paintings in this annual show. Using the still life as a tool for the development of their own artistic voice, these student works vary in composition and style, from elaborate, realistic depictions of commonplace objects to more abstracted arrangements that are symbolic and narrative by design. 

Troy Gua & Kellie Talbot @ Bherd Studios
"2 Suitcases" @ Quadrapus
The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney neighbourhood, Friday, 11 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Bherd Studios - "Here" (encore). If you missed it last month, Kellie Talbot and Troy Gua pair up in an unlikely road trip to explore themes of migration, manifest destiny, and the unique American yearning to get out on the highway! All signs point to this art space!
Echo Echo - "Wings of Spring" Art takes wing at Echo Echo this month!
Quadrapus - "2 Suitcases" by CAW. CAW takes over the Quadrapus Artist The Exchange
Minneapolis muralist, street artist, multimedia artist, and visionary CAW will be taking over the Quadrapus for the night. Come check out his work. it's an event to not be missed.
Also check out new and exciting work at Chocolatti, Gainsbourg, Home Suite Home, Naked City Brewery, Push/Pull, The Space is Ours, Two Bird Tattoo, Urban Light Studios, and more! 

"Constellation: An Overture to the Zodiac" at Fulcrum Gallery in Tacoma. Friday, 11 April from 6pm-2am. "The Enlightenment Cabinet" is a wandering art exhibition curated by artist Yvette Endrijautzki. Featuring over forty local, national and international artists will introduce their own interpretation of the 12 Zodiac signs, this exhibit approaches the subject in many different media. From sculpture to illustration, from painting to mixed media, a diversity of the zodiacal. Also: Constellation After Party Fundraiser! 9pm -2am 21+ $5 Live DJ's & Musicans entertain you into the evening. Featuring performances by DJ Uncivilized (DarkWave) RowHouse (Garage/Indie) DJ BROAM (Trap/Lounge) Join us for While sipping tasty beverages form the full bar hosted by Second Cycle Community Bike Shop. All sales go to support Second Cycle.

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in Belltown, Friday, 11 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Crocodile Cafe - "Back Bar Flea Market" This Flea Market happens every 2nd Friday of each month in part with the Belltown Art Walk. Located inside the Crocodile Back Bar, 3pm-7pm, ALL AGES happy hour prices during ARTWALk with I.D! A room full of local artist, crafters, vintage and representatives with unique handmade, one of a kind goodies and deals for you!
Also check out brand new work at A/NT Gallery, Bikes + Art, City Hostel Seattle, Form/Space Atelier, Patricia Cameron Gallery, Pintxo & The Upstairs, Rudy's Barber Shop, Sassafras, Seattle Ink & Oil, Stylus Salon, and more!

Pancakes & Booze at El Corazon, Saturday, 12 April from 8pm-2am. Come see the show that's been sweeping the nation!!! Now with shows in Los Angeles, Austin, San Diego, Portland, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas, Nashville, Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, and now Seattle! Live body painting! All-you-can-eat pancake bar! Live art battle! $5 cover, 21+ event.

Christine Olson @ Venue

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 12 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Venue - "A Look in Meditation in Art" by Christine Olson. Christine studied art from a young age, inspired by her mother and grandmother who were both artists. She was formally trained at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and for the last fifteen years she has been working on mastering non-subjective compositions using acrylic on canvas. Her current collection offers some smaller sets of paintings as well as larger pieces. Christine also has greeting cards of her current series an limited edition framed giclee prints on archival quality paper. 10% of all of Christine's art sales will go to support the Melanoma Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Check out new work at Annie's Art &Frame, Art & Soul, Ballard Metal Arts, Ballard Works, The BalMar, Blowing Sands Glass Studio, Building C Studios, Cupcake Royal, Filthy Rich, Full Tilt, Habitude, Kiss Cafe, Liberte, Miro Tea, Monster Art & Clothing, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, Spark Studio, the Sunset Tavern, and more!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in the Central District, Saturday, 12 April from 6-9pm. Check out new happenings at the Neptune Gallery Sculpture Garden, Atelier Autumnthing, Hi-Spot Cafe, Pratt Fine Art Centre, Twilight Exit and more!

Seb Barnett @ Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center

The 2nd Saturday Art Attack in Georgetown, Saturday 12 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Calamity Jane's - "INK and MUNITION" by Nick Gucker and Scott Dalrymple 
Eight and Sand - "Stardust" a group show inspired by the cosmos. 
Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre - "Contemporary Myths" by Seb Barnett. "I am very excited about this show, I've been painting a lot, and I'm very excited to share paintings, drawings, and woodblock prints with you. I really hope you will come and see what I've been working on in person. It would mean a lot to me to see you all there!" - Seb
Georgetown Liquor Company - "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And We Feel Adorable)" featuring HappyTime Apocalypse! HappyTime Apocalypse is an art collective that celebrates the balance of dark and light, good and evil, happy and horrified. We aim to create an artistic escape from the horrors of the world that surround us by bringing attention to the humor and beauty within the maddening and grotesque parts of the human experience, illuminating the opposing forces of humanity within us all.
Krab Jab Studios - "A Peculiar Alchemy" by Norman & Tory Taber. They have been working together for twenty years as illustrators, coming together for many projects to join skills, occasionally handing paintings back and forth between them to achieve the desired result. However, for much of the work in this show, Tory and Norman Taber Illustration have diverged onto separate paths, exploring a variety of personal media and techniques; Painting, Digital imaging and constructions. Despite this divergence, their process has become entwined; the result becomes evident in style, subject, and content despite the variation and independence in technique. Similar topics themes appear born of an art process based in storytelling. This body of work can be viewed in terms of how one seemingly disparate work may inform another as much as it is about any singular image. The results are a product of a peculiar alchemy. Tory Taber will be discussing their body of work at 7:30pm.
LxWxH Gallery - "a•nas•to•mo•sis" by Claire Johnson. Johnson explores contour, pattern, and color formed either by nature or human intervention across the earth's surface. In past work, she has explored themes heavily related to the blood of the human body. The connection to this past investigation is tied to these landscapes in the similarities between the branching systems of blood vessels, roads, and river-pathways; linking distant parts or places aren't obviously connected at first glance.
LxWxH Subscription Project - "An Immaterial Box" featuring Dylan Neuwirth, Jeff Gerber, and Greg Lundgren
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Nautilus Studios, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe, Wax Expressions, and more!

Artist ToolKit @ Gage

"Artist ToolKit" at Gage Academy of Art, Thursday, 17 April from noon30-1.30pm. Join Amy Spassov and Erik Hall, local artists and founders of Hall Spassov Gallery in Bellevue, for an enlightening discussion of the contemporary art scene in the Puget Sound region, as well as artists they work with and their perspective on the gallery-artist relationship. Learn how to initiate conversations and develop relationships with galleries, how to prepare for a studio visit, what kind of mutual expectations you can look forward to, and what it takes to ensure a longlasting and successful partnership. 

"Spectrum" by RAW Seattle at The Showbox, Thursday, 17 April from 7-11pm. RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. We're an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe. Our mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. We welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. We encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation. RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and, now London! 21+ Event, Cocktail Attire, Tickets are $15 online or $20 Cash Only at the Door. Come support artists Amanda Luke, Ariel Wickham, Noel Hanson, Ronnie Taylor, Sterlong McCoy, Yessica Marquez, and more!

Corey Skillman @ Otherworlds

The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds, Thursday, 17 April from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Nebulas" by Corey Skillman. Otherworlds regularly hosts fun and exciting steampunk/gamer/geek/sci-fi/fantasy/gothic/horror-themed events!  
Cheesemongers is right next door if you find yourself in need of something delicious, and you can check out new work at ARTspot, Arts Now, C'est La Vie, The Papery, Red Petal Cakes, Stunningly Strange Gallery, and more than 30 other Edmonds art spaces!

The 3rd Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 18 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
BC Surf & Sport - "Forget Me Not" an open-themed group show featuring Braden Duncan, Charlie Girl, Chi Luong, Grace Rajendran, Megon Shore, Shelby Lloyd & Sophie Ibarra.
Gargoyles Statuary - "Spirits of Earth and Ether" by K. Amarak Waters & Jessica Geiger. Please join us for an evening where the spirits of nature abound through the unique and etherial sculpture of Keith Waters and realistic wild animal paintings by Jessica Geiger. They meld their styles to create a world where nature deities and earthly creatures coexist in a magical mix. Fancy felines & languid lupines will also be included in the sculptural works!
Also see new work at Boulevard Grocery, Cafe Allegro, Cafe Solstice, Lucid Gallery, Starbucks Coffee, Trabant Coffee & Chai and more! Don't forget to stop by Boulevard Grocery for a bag of fresh-roasted coffee hand-painted by a local Seattle artist!

"Norwescon 37: Elegance & Entropy" at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Thursday-Sunday, 17-20 April. Featuring Writer Guest of Honor Michael Moorcock, Artist Guest of Honor Robert Gould, Special Guest of Honor Seanan McGuire, Science Guest of Honor Catherine S. Plesko, Costuming Guest of Honor Anima! X, and Spotlight Publisher 47 North!

"Spring Art Fair" at Vermillion, Saturday, 26 April from 3-7pm. Vermillion is hosting a free event open to the public to view and purchase a diverse selection of art by artists represented by 5 talented local dealers - some who have alternative ways of selling art, others who are either newly opened or are underrepresented in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Our second seasonal art fair will feature reasonably priced fine art that is available to purchase immediately to take home - everything from rare prints to framed paintings. Food and drink will be available and all ages are welcome. Participating Dealers: Blindfold, Cullom Gallery, LxWxH, SEASON & Siolo Thompson.

"Up Every Evening" @ SEASON

"Up Every Evening" at SEASON, Sunday, 27 April from 2-5pm. Featuring Andy Wauman, Dylan Neuwirth & Laylah Ali. There is a poison in me. It scratches at my fingertips and chokes the back of my throat. It rides my thoughts and every action with a silent anger and it wants out. It is a rage that sees destruction as a means to rebuilding. Within the space of one second it wipes out this world while it makes a new one begin. I look at you and force myself to smile a little, in my mind I see you collapse and vanish along with everyone and everything. I have no heart, no lungs; my chest is so tight I can only mouth breath. The few muscles I have left will close my eyes but sleep is impossible. I go candy playing and I go rainbow chasing and I beg tomorrow to serve me better. 


The SAAM is featuring "A Fuller View of China, Japan & Korea." The exhibition runs through 13 April 2014. Dr. Richard Fuller’s 40 years as the museum’s founding director are the bedrock of its history, and his passion for art resonates with collectors of his time and beyond. In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, this installation shows how Dr. Fuller, his family and friends, and several more recent Seattle collectors, built SAM’s celebrated Asian art collections. Featuring some of SAM’s best-loved works such as the Poem Scroll with Deer, the installation showcases the incredible quality and diversity that make SAM’s Asian art collection one of the finest in the country. The selected Chinese paintings and calligraphy also celebrate the launch of an innovative online scholarly catalogue, a multi-year project sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Foundation. (from www.seattleartmuseum.org)

Miro @ SAM

The SAM is currently featuring a multitude of exhibits! Check out:
"Miro: The Experience of Seeing." Through 26 May. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, offers a fresh assessment of the late period in Miró’s work—a body of work that audiences in the United States have not had the opportunity to fully appreciate. The exhibition brings together over 50 paintings, drawings and sculptures made in the period between 1963 and 1981 that testify to the artist’s ingenuity and inventiveness to the very end of his life. Bold and colorful paintings employing his personal visual language alternate with near-abstract compositions. Although Miró had experimented with sculpture in earlier periods, it is only in the late years that painting and sculpture stand in direct dialogue with each other—a principal feature of this exhibition.
"Abstract Impulse" by Robert Davidson. Robert Davidson has been a pivotal figure in the Northwest Coast Native art renaissance since 1969, when he erected the first totem pole in his ancestral Massett village since the 1880s. For over 40 years he has mastered Haida art traditions by studying the great works of his great-grandfather Charles Edenshaw and others. More recently, Davidson has interjected his own interpretation of the old forms with forays into abstraction, explored in boldly minimalistic easel paintings, graphic works and sculpture, where images are pared to essential lines, elemental shapes and strong colors.
The exhibition will feature 45 paintings, sculptures and prints created since 2005, as well as key images from earlier in his career that show Davidson’s evolution toward an elemental language of form.

"From Abstract Expressionism to Coloured Planes." Early in the 1940s, artists in New York began to develop an expressive, abstract style of painting that was a stark departure from previous ideas, both artistically and historically. Up until World War II, the center of artistic production in the West had been Paris, and artists from around Europe, the United States and South America had flocked there to study and to work. This changed profoundly in the 1940s. Featuring Arshile Gorky, Hans Hoffman, Jackson Pollack, and Lee Krasner.

The Henry Art Gallery is currently hosting "The Bikeriders" in the North Galleries, photographic work by Danny Lyon. During the 1960s and 1970s several photographers, including Diane Arbus, Larry Clark, and Susan Meiselas, documented life on the fringes of society, providing a glimpse of counterculture from the inside out. These images were often published as narrative sequences in books that told complex stories in multiple pictures. In the early 1960s Danny Lyon (U.S., born 1942) joined the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club and began photographing his fellow Hell’s Angels while traveling with the club on his 650cc Triumph motorcycle. The result was one of the seminal photographic essays of his generation, and the 1968 publication The Bikeriders that contained over 50 photographs and interviews with Lyon’s subjects. (from www.henryart.org) Show runs thru 4 May.

The Frye Art Museum is featuring Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930. This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of two of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) and Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864-1957). Comprising drawings, ink paintings, calligraphic works, and sculptures from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, and private and public collections, it presents forty-three works by Noguchi and twenty-three by Qi Baishi. The exhibition and its accompanying publication document the period of six months that Noguchi spent in Beijing and shed new light on the little-known relationship between the two artists. (from fryemuseum.org)  The Frye also hosts an art lecture series every Thursday night.

With this much going on, you couldn't possibly complain that there's nothing to do in Seattle!

Support your local art scene! Cheers.

~ BCDuncan

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