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Seattle Galleries in May: New Twists on Familiar Genres

Fused plastic and acrylic portraits of abstractions by Paula Maratea Fuld at Gallery 110.

Seattle’s lively gallery scene fires the imagination with innovative takes on well-worn artistic genres and edgy reinventions of cultural clichés. Here’s how some of our favorite galleries are turning art on its head in the coming weeks.

Portraits Redux

Gallery 110 (110 3rd Ave. S) is hosting a double exhibition now through June 2 that shakes up the …more…

Mandy Greer and Environmental Art at Seattle Center

Photo of Mater Matrix Mother and Medium multimedia performance by Rodrigo Valenzuela.

An intricate 250-foot fiber web of brilliant blue and white flows around the Alki Courtyard at Seattle Center, just north of Key Arena—Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, an ever-evolving art installation by Seattle-based multi-disciplinary artist Mandy Greer. The crocheted river twists and winds its way around columns and trees, rising up to 15 feet overhead.

This masterpiece also formed …more…

Lindsey Carr and Handiedan at Roq La Rue Through May 5

Lindsey Carr. "Gifts From The Red Barbarians." Acrylic ink and gold leaf on watercolor paper. Courtesy of Roq La Rue and the artist.

You won’t find Lindsey Carr’s Pavo Simulacrum in Audubon’s The Birds of America. And you won’t find a pulp novel or a vintage burlesque poster quite like Handiedan’s mischievous pin-up girl collages. These two contemporary artists subvert familiar images and styles—naturalist painting for Carr and the pin-up …more…

Comics are Serious Business at the Emerald City Comicon

Camilla d'Errico at the 2012 Emerald City Comicon. Photo by Elisa Mader.

Last weekend, roughly 53,000 fans swarmed the Convention Center downtown to attend the Emerald City Comicon, a gathering of the crème-de-la-crème of the comic book industry and one of the largest US fan conventions devoted to comic book arts.

ECCC is a colorful barrage of visual stimulus. Enter the main exhibition hall, squeeze past fans dressed as stormtroopers, the …more…

NCECA’s On the Edge Brings Top Ceramic Art to Seattle

Li Chen. Earth Piercing Fire, 2008. Clay, rope, wood structure. 35 7/16 x 33 11/16 x 51 3/16 in. Courtesy of the artist.

This week, Seattle plays host to On the Edge, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)’s 46th annual conference, celebrating the cutting edge of contemporary ceramic arts.  From Mar. 28 to 31, thousands of ceramic artists, educators and lovers of pottery and sculpture from …more…

Susie J. Lee: A New Media Sensualist Reaches Out

Walk through new media artist Susie J. Lee’s Rain Shower (2007) at the Frye Art Museum, and you become a part of the piece.

As you cross the dark, seemingly empty gallery, patterns of light fall on you, and you are bathed in a subtle, sensual barrage of sound and soft color. Sometimes you hear whispers, sometimes singing, and at other times booming and crackling, overlaid with slow, tinkling piano music. ...more...

Polynesia Lost: Gauguin’s Quest for Paradise

Double figure, ti’i. Late 18th century. Wood, 24 x 22 13/16 in. Society Islands, Tahiti. The British Museum, London.

Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise at the Seattle Art Museum tells not one powerful story, but two.

Rarely, if ever, has a major exhibition on post-impressionist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) dedicated such attention to the arts of Polynesia, which Gauguin discovered at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Their primal, symbolic forms …more…

Gallery 110’s 2012 Juried Exhibition, Feb. 2-25

The First Thursday Art Walk in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood is a popular Seattle institution. The first Thursday of every month, museums and galleries downtown keep their doors open late, admission fees are waived and studios welcome throngs of art enthusiasts. It’s a popular time for shows to open, and last Thursday was no different. ...more...

The Olympic Sculpture Park Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

“Does anyone have a business card?” our docent asks.

Ripping the offered card carefully and expanding it to a rough Z shape, the docent explains how the project designers, Weiss/Manfredi of New York, came up with the Olympic Sculpture Park’s unusual layout. Voilà! ...more...

An Interview with Isaac Layman: A Seattle Artist Finding Paradise in His Own Home

Isaac Layman. Untitled, 2011. Photographic construction, ink-jet on paper. 95" X 59".

Isaac Layman has taken the art world by storm with his evocative, large-scale photographic constructions, which transform the banal into the hyper-realistic, haunting and enigmatic. Drinking glasses, used tissues, heating vents: Any object in Layman’s Seattle home can become the object of an intense visual meditation, captured over and over from subtly different angles by the artist’s high-resolution, …more…

Five Hot Seattle Art Shows to Catch This Year End

Time is running out for 2011, as it is for a number of top-notch Seattle-area exhibitions. If you’re yearning for a little culture fix to fill your holiday leisure hours, here are five shows to catch in the next few weeks: ...more...

Urban Craft Uprising Occupies Seattle Center Dec. 3-4

Searching for distinctive gifts to please the art lovers on your Christmas list? Look no further than this year’s annual Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show on Dec. 3 and 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The Pacific Northwest’s premier independent craft fair will feature over 150 artists, designers and crafters, who stitch, knit, emboss, weld, sculpt, paint and print an astonishing array of artwork and hand-crafted …more…

Hot One Inch Action: Button Art and Social Interaction on Nov. 5

Trading art buttons at Hot One Inch Action might be the most fun you’ve ever had at an art exhibition.

Designed to promote social exchanges in a gallery setting, the “button show” features artwork by 50 local artists—printed on one-inch buttons. Participants can buy bags of random buttons, then trade with other attendees to snag their favorite pieces. If you’re adept at wheeling and dealing, you could take home the entire show. ...more...