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By Allyn Cantor

WARREN DYKEMAN: “I MIGHT EXAGGERATE” Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Jul 5-27 Blending aspects of pop, folk and graphic arts, Warren Dykeman’s playful works have an organic flavour infused with the frenzied mass of information constantly surfacing in contemporary society. Letters dance around silhouetted figures in rhythmic canvases that are full of smooth contours. Joan Miró and Keith Haring come to mind when one looks at Dykeman’s bold planes of colour, curvilinear forms and distinct figuration. His energetic compositions imply non-linear experiences that recall the over-stimulation of advertising culture while subtly beckoning humour.

LINDSAY PICHASKE: ENCHANTED Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, Jul 2-27 Lindsay Pichaske’s animal forms blur boundaries between species and challenge the perceived order of the natural world. The lively pieces have delightful embellishments (like fur made entirely from carefully dyed synthetic flower petals) that lend a warmth and undeniable artistry to her work. Her seemingly hybrid creatures are immaculately sculpted, primarily in ceramic, including highly realistic eyes and gestures that bring a sense of individual personality to each piece and invoke Pichaske’s underlying message of the commonality among beings.

LINDA JO NAZARENUS: BEYOND AND BACK Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Jun 6-Jul 7 Linda Jo Nazarenus’s paintings are as much about renditions of animal subjects as they are about the often-eerie landscape spaces they inhabit. Highly refined depictions are painted in a style inspired by Northern European Renaissance paintings, where thin oil glazes are built up to form luminous detailed subjects. Leaning toward the surreal, Nazarenus’s work is imbued with a symbolic layer of meaning – wildlife characters and personified landscapes set the tone for personal commentaries and implied dramas.

JULIE BLACKMON: UNDERTOW G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, May 31-Jul 13 The timelessness of family dynamics serves as the basis for Julie Blackmon’s witty photography. Moving beyond a documentary approach, Blackmon touches on both daily realities and fictitious follies that occur in domestic life with children. Intensely hued photographs and keen perspectives give her scenes a diorama feeling, lending a heightened sense of fantasy to the work. These humorous commentaries on familial life seem to mock the very absurdity of disorderly happenings and chaotic situations.

CLEARLY ART: THE BEAUTY OF GLASS Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Apr 6-Jul 7 The versatility of the glass medium is highlighted in this show of works that range from traditional to radical and includes several of Whatcom Museum’s new acquisitions, showcased for the first time in this exhibit. Well-known artists like Sonja Blomdahl and Dale Chihuly are represented with blown glass vessels and sculpture, while Ellen Ziegler’s shadow and light sculpture, created by patterned mirrored glass, emphasizes the more experimental side of the contemporary glass medium.

Warren Dykeman
Warren Dykeman

Lindsay Pichaske
Lindsay Pichaske

Linda Jo Nazarenus
Linda Jo Nazarenus

Julie Blackmon
Julie Blackmon

Ellen Ziegler
Ellen Ziegler

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