By Matthew Kangas
FEMAIL: AMPM (2.0) Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Jun 1 – Sep 30
Janelle Abbott and Camilla Carper founded FEMAIL in 2012, exchanging handmade garments in the mail for further repair, amendment and ornamentation. At Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), they display the results, which comment on death, rebirth and the rich personal history of borrowed attire through the medium of altered dresses with found-object add ons and sculptural appurtenances. Objects are displayed in “gradient” areas spotlighting the wear-and-tear of clothing and how it reflects our lived experiences.
NAOKO MORISAWA Frederick Holmes and Company, Seattle, Jul 5 – Aug 5
Morisawa, born in Tokyo, lives in Seattle but has exhibited widely in Japan and the US, as well as at the recent Phnom Penh Art-Design Triennial in Cambodia. Her colorful woven-wood “mosaics” have attracted attention for their meticulous craftsmanship and intricate compositions, landing her numerous public art commissions; her work is in private collections in Washington State, Oregon, Connecticut, Ireland and Japan. She is inspired by nature, Kabuki and Noh theatre designs.
MARK MUELLER Harris Harvey Gallery, Seattle, Aug 2 – Sep 1
For his first exhibit at Harris Harvey, near the Pike Place Market, veteran Seattle printmaker Mark Mueller extends his interest in line, shadow and darkness to an examination of urban settings, buildings and demolition sites. In addition to his earlier interests, the University of Washington educated artist (MFA, 1986) is showing ceramics, glass, mixed-media works, oils on canvas and other paths to express the fragmentary nature of the urban environment.
PROJECT 42: JONO VAUGHAN Seattle Art Museum, To Aug 5
Born in London, Vaughan is the winner of the 2017 Betty Bowen Award (15,000 USD) administered by Seattle Art Museum in honor of its first publicity director. She is gaining considerable recognition, including exhibitions in Minnesota and Oregon. Her Project 42 is an aesthetic documentation of the deaths of three transgender persons concentrating on sculptural clothing, installations, and immersive audience participation. Educated in New York and Tampa, Florida, she teaches art at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA.
SUMMER DREAMS Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle Jun 26 – Aug 22
The gallery, which has a parent branch in New York City, opens up its entire space to raucous installations and visionary improvisations on the themes of nature run amok and the disorienting character of growth and decay. Calgary-born Jennifer Zwick creates live flower arrangements against backdrops of wildly patterned wallpaper. In addition to Peter Gronquist’s Infinity Mirrors, design collaboratives Electric Coffin and Neon Saltwater set up wacky environments to get lost in.