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  • Apples and Poetry: Shin Yu Pai’s HEIRLOOM

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Their names, mouthfuls of consonants and vowels, summon colors, the elevated stations of royalty, animals, and distant places: Arctic, Astrakhan, Belmont, Bietigheimer, Dolgo Crabapple, Dutch Mignonne, Dutchess of Oldenberg, Early Harvest, Esopus Spitzenberg, Golden Russett, Gravenstein, Hawkeye, King, Lubsk Queen, Northern Spy, Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russett, Swaar, Tolman […]

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  • Brenna Murphy

    Media and the Fair

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    The much-anticipated, wildly hyped Seattle Art Fair blasted by like a comet. Pro tip: the next time you find yourself at an art fair, wear tennis shoes, or at least […]

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  • Bainbridge Island En Plein Air

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Tucked discretely away on Bainbridge Island’s west side near the Agate Passage crossing, the Bloedel Reserve is a paradise of lush meticulously groomed gardens and swaths of forested land that […]

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  • Among the Clouds at Goldfinch Tavern

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    For any art lover in Seattle the Four Seasons has long been a hidden gem. It’s renowned for its art-filled lobby where the Northwest School is on constant display thanks to […]

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  • Dear Diary: Ashley Armitage

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Looking at Ashley Armitage’s photographs feels like stepping into a secret world — a dreamy world of pinks and blues, of makeup and nail polish and hair, of ritualized routines in the […]

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  • Seeing Serial: David Beckley at Gallery 110

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    I loved artist David Beckley’s Drone from the first moment I saw it on my computer screen several weeks ago. Its crisp contrast, its serialization and symmetry that transformed before my eyes […]

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  • A New Art Installation Docks Along the Duwamish

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Briar Bates is a landscape designer and artist who creates installations from organic materials. Tomorrow, she’ll be working on a new piece, Growing to Sea, at Terminal 107 Park (4700 W. Marginal Way […]

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  • On Light: Megumi Shauna Arai on Violet Strays

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    If you’ve never taken a look at the online exhibition site Violet Strays, curated by Serrah Russell and Alyssa Volpigno, now is the time. Through this Thursday, March 26, Violet Strays is […]

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  • Beach House, After Winter

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    An addendum to an Art Nerd post from last year on an installation by David W. Simpson: Simpson’s Beach House didn’t come down in September after all. Instead, it moved north from downtown to […]

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  • Dear Diary: Rebecca Chernow

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Seattle artist Rebecca Chernow earned her BFA in glass and neon sculpture in western New York, and it was glass that brought her out to the Pacific Northwest where she worked […]

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  • Dear Diary: Gala Bent

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Seattle artist Gala Bent has a painter’s hand and a poet’s heart. Her works on paper often read like otherworldly landscapes, with areas of geometric abstraction and dense gestural marks. […]

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  • Keyes on Keyes

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    When I sat down to write First Thursday art walk recommendations in early February I quickly passed over Doug Keyes’ work without giving it a second thought. It wasn’t until […]

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  • Dear Diary: Matthew Offenbacher

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Seattle artist Matthew Offenbacher is a collaborator through and through. He’s also an enthusiastic looker and thinker. From 2008 until 2013, he produced La Norda Specialo, a free zine featuring writing by […]

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  • Hedonic Reversal #3

    Reality Check: Rodrigo Valenzuela and Ghosts, Monuments, Labor & Time

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    I’m walking through an unnamed zone between Belltown and South Lake Union, a tabula rasa. Somewhere skirting the edge of Denny Way, the sidewalk’s closed ahead, so I’m standing in […]

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  • Nursing, Grieving, Memorializing, Decaying: The Many Theres of the Photo Center NW’s Terminal

    Friday, February 6, 2015

    “Permanence,” Susan Sontag writes in her essay  “An Argument about Beauty,” “…is not one of beauty’s more obvious attributes; and the contemplation of beauty, when it is expert, may be […]

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What's Up

Aug
15

Dear Diary: Olivia Knapp

If you weren’t out art walking on Capitol Hill last night then it is likely that you missed some of the most spectacular drawings that I’ve ever laid eyes on. […]

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Jul
18

How to Fill Two Shelves

Joe Rudko and Kelly Bjork live in a charming classic brick apartment building a few blocks off of Broadway Avenue on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  The floors of their apartment are scuffed […]

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Jul
16

Copious Consumption and Assholes

As I write this I am listening to Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby and have been googling all sorts of performance references from articles written by CityArts’ Amanda Manitach and The Stranger’s […]

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Feb
25

ReMixed at the Art Museum

Last Friday night the Seattle Art Museum hosted one of their quarterly parties and Art Nerd attended.  The party is dubbed ReMix and it is a gathering of art lovers, […]

Feb
24

How to Handle Art; TOUCH ME

Touching art; should we do it, and when is it appropriate?  Most curators in traditional museums would say that art should never be touched, and no doubt conservators would whole […]

Feb
19

Conducting the Wind

Near Seattle’s easternmost point, steps from the shore of Lake Washington, Douglas R. Hollis’s steel towers stand at attention on the crest of a modest slope. Some 1,400 miles away, […]

Feb
18

Go Ahead, Touch the Art

Last week Touch Me: I am Violent opened up at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar on Capitol Hill and the opening night crowd couldn’t keep their hands off of the […]

Feb
16

Genre Bender. So Good!

Well I can hardly contain myself after tonight’s spectacular Genre Bender performance.  It was incredible and I would highly recommend that EVERYONE go see it.  And tonight (Sunday) is your […]

Feb
14

Dear Diary: Juan Alonso-Rodríguez

I’ve been an admirer of Juan Alonso Rodríguez’s work for a long time now, taking pleasure in both his dark calligraphic series and his angled chromatic drawings and paintings. Born […]

Feb
14

Dear Diary: Debbie Faas

This coming Tuesday artist Debbie Faas will unveil her largest work to date, and be ready to be stunned because it is actually 2 paintings in one.  Over the past […]

Feb
11

Genre Bender or I Can’t Believe You Don’t Have Tickets Yet!

The other night I asked a friend if she would be interested in going to something weird with me.  I use the term weird a lot to describe the various […]

Feb
10

Other Terrifying Rooms Nobody Knows

This past weekend over 600 theater goers sat down to watch The Room Nobody Knows performed by Japanese theater company Niwa Gekidan Penino.  This bizarre show involved 71 phallus shaped objects […]

Feb
8

What (else) would Isabelle Borchgrave Make?

Having had another opportunity to see the truly fantastic show of Isabelle Borchgrave’s tribute to Mariano Fortuny at the Bellevue Arts Museum, I couldn’t help but wonder what this remarkable […]

Feb
7

Shining a Light on the Seattle Tower

With contemporary Seattle so much in the news these last weeks, I wanted to take a moment to look back at one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, the Seattle […]

Feb
7

FEATURE :: But Where Will I Find Art?

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of Seattle arts tourism articles designed for Artoura. The Artoura City Guide is a comprehensive digital and interactive travel guide for a […]