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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | February – March 2015

By Allyn Cantor

DOUG KEYES: PORTRAIT G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Jan 23-Feb 28 Doug Keyes uses layered photographic imagery to capture impressions that evoke the difference between seeing and perceiving. In this series, he turns to portraiture, using multiple exposures to create single images. The compositions move beyond the static, portraying what the mind actually sees over time. These luminous personifications include Chuck Close, Rembrandt, Warhol and other iconic artists. The more anonymous pieces, such as Humans of New York, are among the most intriguing in the series.

LIVE ON: MR.’S JAPANESE NEO-POP Asian Art Museum, Seattle, Nov 22-Apr 5 Born in 1969, the Japanese artist known as Mr. is a protégé of Takashi Murakami, internationally acclaimed icon of Japanese Pop Art. This is the first major American museum retrospective of Mr.’s art. He combines anime characters, graffiti elements and candy-coated colours in busy, fantasy-driven compositions with dystopian undertones. Central to the exhibit is a massive installation made of everyday objects that Mr. created as a response to the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident.

BAM BIENNIAL 2014: KNOCK ON WOOD Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Oct 31-Mar 29 This third installment of BAM’s biennial series focuses on wood in a survey of works by Pacific Northwest artists and craftspeople. These 39 jury-selected artists vary greatly in their creative pursuits. The broad scope of pieces presented here showcases examples of both immaculate technical ability and amazing innovation – ranging from exquisite carvings, skilled turnings and contemporary furniture designs to off-beat sculptural parodies.

GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTION Prographica Gallery, Seattle, Feb 21-Mar 28 This three-person exhibit includes artwork by David Brody, Robert Perlman and Chris Watts, all of whom work non-objectively, sharing the visual imperatives of Geometric Abstraction. That movement, around since the early twentieth century, propelled the removal of recognizable subject matter as a central concern of presenting illusion – in effect, laying a foundation for the contemporary visual canon of non-representational art. Here, Perlman uses colourful painterly methods, while both Brody and Watts use repetition and sequence to arrive at tight formal compositions.

CHRISTINE SHARP: VIEWS FROM THE BYWAYS Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Feb 5-Mar 1 Christine Sharp’s oil paintings explore the Northwest landscape through semi-representational scenes that capture the essence of place. In this exhibit, she focuses on the byways of Oregon, Washington and Montana, inspired by her travels through these regions. Her distinct style combines realism and abstraction: landscape elements are reduced into bold, flat sections of vibrant colour and simplified interlocking forms. Sharp’s puzzle-like arrangements of relaxed biomorphic shapes offer a contemporary vision of landscape painting filtered through the lens of personal expression.

Doug Keyes
Doug Keyes

Mr.
Mr.

BAM Biennial
June Sekiguchi, BAM Biennial

David Brody
David Brody

Christine Sharp
Christine Sharp

 Sun, Feb 8, 2015