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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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Jul
4

Prints from Jim Dine – A Swan Song for the Wright Exhibition Space

The first time I set foot in the Seattle Art Museum, in the fall of 2008, I came upon Jim Dine’s Window with Ax and Objects. The sculpture was mounted […]

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Jul
3

A Return to the Decorative Arts at Traver

It’s about time that the decorative arts make a comeback, pushing aside the stark minimalism in object design that has long prevailed in our region of the world.  I’ve noticed […]

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Jul
1

Be My Wife ; Dylan Neuwirth’s White Hot Proposal

  Word just got out via social media outlets that Post Human Contemporary Artist Dylan Neuwirth has recently gotten engaged to long-time girlfriend and Tuesday Scarves proprietor Rian Robison.  The […]

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Feb
5

Dear Diary: Natasha Marin

I first met Natasha Marin a few years ago, and soon after, began to receive mysterious emails from Miko Kuro for a midnight tea ceremony. This looked intriguing, mystical, and […]

Feb
5

Bold Self Portraits and Bullfights; Amanda Manitach at Bryan Ohno

A sultry German voice sings sweetly over soft piano music as the camera scans clips from recorded bullfight footage and what could be an essay in progress.  Suddenly the eye […]

Jan
31

Dear Diary: Cable Griffith

I’m really excited about presenting this Dear Diary post, as Cable Griffith has a show up at G. Gibson Gallery right now, and will have an artist talk in the […]

Jan
30

Messages in Gas Under Glass

Immediately upon entering Dylan Neuwirth‘s solo show MMXIV at Vermillion one is met with the declaration ‘good morning haters’ written in cursive and formed out of bright white neon.  With […]

Jan
30

Hey Sports Fans, Buy Some Art.

This work is brought to you by the artist trio of SuttonBeresCuller and can be yours to tie together your Man Cave for the BIG GAME.  This non-editioned work is […]

Jan
30

Winter Lectures at the Henry

Eric Fredericksen, of Western Bridge renown, is a busy man these days. In addition to managing the art component of the Waterfront Project for the City of Seattle, he’s also […]

Jan
28

The New Current

Last Thursday artists from all over Seattle convened at the Hedreen, the evening was dubbed the Seattle’s Women’s Conference, and nearly all of the attendees were women.  But these weren’t […]

Jan
27

An Interview with Seattle’s Newest Gallerist, Tariqa Waters

If you haven’t heard, Seattle has a new and powerful woman in the arts. Tariqa Waters has been here a year and a half  but she’s recently created a ripple, swiftly […]

Jan
22

David Maisel’s Black Maps

Still finalizing your art schedule for the week? Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery is hosting what promises to be an incredible discussion tomorrow evening. The Stranger’s Jen Graves and artists Susanna […]

Jan
15

Dear Diary: Aran Galligan

Seattle is home to a thriving metals community that encompasses not only metal sculpture, but a vast variety of art jewelry and craft based artists.  Through this community I met […]

Jan
15

Michael Alm’s Feral Creatures take San Francisco

A few weeks back artist Michael Alm held an open studio at his house in Georgetown to show friends and admirers of his art some of his newest work.  On […]

Jan
14

Of Quasicrystals, Spirographs, and Super Mario Plumbing

Seattle-based artist Claude Zervas writes of his first solo show at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Pioneer Square, “This body of work represents an imaginary taxonomy of quasicrystals that I […]