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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | February – March 2016

By Matthew Kangas

BILL BRAUN: TROMPE L’OEIL PAINTINGS Patricia Rozvar Gallery, Seattle, Mar 3-Apr 4 Bill Braun would be a lot better known were he not working in the trompe l’oeil genre. In this show, he presents more of his felicitous mock-torn paper collages: entrancing still lifes and scenes of animals and backyard nature that comment quietly on ecology, childhood and art history. No longer an outsider artist, Braun continues to draw responses of consternation and delight.

KOREN CHRISTOFIDES: NEW WORKS Gallery IMA, Seattle, Mar 3-Apr 2 New York artist Koren Christofides grew up in Seattle and has exhibited her mixed-media fibre and ceramic sculptures in France, China and the US. Following publication of her book Fables of La Fontaine Illustrated (2006), she transitioned to Greek myths and African folk tales. Her new work, ceramic sculptures and embroidered and beaded textiles, all depict recognizable and imaginary mythical scenes. Another highly educated artist whose work often passes as outsider art, Christofides has pieces in prestigious private collections in Belgium, France, Great Britain and the US.

LOUIS KAHN: THE POWER OF ARCHITECTURE Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Jan 29-May 1 Ahead of an American and international tour, this Louis Kahn retrospective, organized by the Swiss Vitra Design Museum, chronicles – in models, photos, drawings and films – the extraordinary accomplishments of the architect best known for the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX, the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA, and the floating national assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Calling concrete the “marble of the twentieth century,” Kahn softened harsh materials into ingenious, seductive buildings.

PAUL MCCARTHY Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Mar 5-Sep 11 Wacky LA artist Paul McCarthy has rarely been seen in the Northwest. He is known for his zany video pretending to be Willem de Kooning madly painting in his studio. McCarthy’s star is rising again. Curator Luis Croquer organized this first-ever showing of new works that riff on the German folktale "Snow White," especially the Walt Disney animated film version. Described as giant tchotchkes, the sculptural installation typifies the artist’s biting satire of beloved popular culture conventions and high-art icons.

GERHART TRIMPIN: HEAR WE ARE Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, Jan 20-Mar 9 Gerhart Trimpin’s new work is a follow-up to his recent Seattle Symphony commission. His sculptures dealing with sound and music are Rube Goldberg contraptions, like his popular Seattle-Tacoma International Airport kinetic installation. Visitors don headphones, view musical scores as they are being played and stroll beneath geometric suspended sound cones. Building on the work of composers such as Harry Partch, MacArthur Fellow Trimpin mixes vintage technology and musical instruments with state-of-the-art electronics and computer technology.

Bill Braun
Bill Braun

Koren Christofides
Koren Christofides

Louis Kahn
Louis Kahn

Paul McCarthy
Paul McCarthy

Gerhart Trimpin
Gerhart Trimpin

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