Moment Magnitude: Home is Where the Hurt is

Dec 12, 12 Moment Magnitude: Home is Where the Hurt is

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The Frye’s Moment Magnitude exhibit has an open curatorial approach that allows the pieces to be treated and examined in numerous ways. It is not a closed narrative, and there are no doubt many threads that one may miss even after repeat visits, but one salient thread includes themes of home, community and personal and private...

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Unnatural Color: Jeremy Mangan at Linda Hodges

Nov 02, 12 Unnatural Color: Jeremy Mangan at Linda Hodges

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Linda Hodges Gallery consistently shows artworks that are technically exquisite, but many are also united by a thematic thread—humanity’s relationship with (the rest of) nature. I like this consistency about the gallery, especially as it becomes evident through many shows that it is a subject that can never be exhausted....

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Bratsa Bonifacho: SKALAMERIJA at Foster/White

Oct 22, 12 Bratsa Bonifacho: SKALAMERIJA at Foster/White

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Skalamerija 77 – 2012 – oil on canvas – 72 x 84 in. Bratsa Bonifacho’s show entitled Skalamerijais varied and at times uneven, but it offers plenty of striking and mysterious images. Bonifacho’s substrate (typography and soundbites) calls to mind the chaos of mass media—of a world constructed of...

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Annie Bissett: LOADED at Cullom Gallery

Oct 20, 12 Annie Bissett: LOADED at Cullom Gallery

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Annie Bissett’s latest show at Cullom Gallery is an often humorous meditation on the dead serious subject of money and its place in our lives—from the material to the symbolic to the linguistic. Economics (simply put, the flow of money) is more hotly and universally debated than human rights. Despite this, it is often...

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Underbelly is Overbloated, but Promising

Oct 06, 12 Underbelly is Overbloated, but Promising

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I am a great fan of Degenerate Art Ensemble’s work, so it does not pain me to say that their latest work needs some retooling because in it I can see the seed of something bigger and better. Underbelly, which premiered last night, is a site-specific performance staged in the eponymous underbelly of the Seattle Center. It is...

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People Who Live in Glass Houses: Why Chihuly Matters

Jun 12, 12 People Who Live in Glass Houses: Why Chihuly Matters

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I first encountered Dale Chihuly’s work in Atlanta when he had an exhibition at the botanical gardens. I was in college and had not heard of him until my father (who frequently visited Seattle) suggested that his exhibit was not to be missed. I was less than a dilettante in art; my conservative upbringing had me worshipping...

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