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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | June – August 2014

By Allyn Cantor

ELECTRO-DYNAMIC DRAWINGS: ANDREW DEUTSCH AND STEPHEN VITIELLO Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Jul 19-Sep 7 Four new collaborative video works by Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello examine the complex relationship of image and sound. Together the artists developed these pieces by exchanging sound files in a series of emails. Using a Sandin Image Processor and other technologies, Deutsch and Vitiello render fluid abstracted compositions that reflect multi-layered sounds. Their colourful videos are not visualizations of sound, but direct responses to sound through a process Deutsch refers to as “electro-dynamic drawing.”

RYOHEI TANAKA, SELECTED ETCHINGS: 1960-2010 Davidson Galleries, Seattle Jun 6-28 The finely detailed etchings of Ryohei Tanaka are internationally known for their meticulous depictions of the rural Japanese countryside. Tanaka creates subtle yet distinct tactile shifts in his compositions, revealing the textures of thatch roofs, stone, wood, leaves and more. His renderings are sensual accounts that move beyond the obvious realism of his subject matter. Black-and-white and colour etchings are part of this exhibit, and include pieces from his sought-after Persimmons series.

ROBERT MARCHESSAULT: FOREST FOR THE TREES Foster/White, Seattle Jun 5-28 Robert Marchessault is a highly accomplished Canadian painter who works from his imagination to render the universal subject of trees. Through a luminous palette of vibrant hues and exaggerated forms, Marchessault’s exquisite paintings are emotional renditions of tree forms rather than direct observations of nature. In this way, the tree becomes symbolic of the human spirit – a vehicle for conveying mood and personality – as shown by the variety of eloquently sublime tree personas in this exhibit.

KEN PRICE: INSIDE/OUTSIDE Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Jul 5-Sep 7 Los Angeles artist Ken Price (1935–2012) was celebrated for both his graphic, comic-inspired prints of cityscapes and interiors and his exaggerated ceramic sculptures with their surreal leanings. Central to this exhibit are 15 silkscreen prints made in collaboration with Black Sparrow Graphic Arts. Heat Wave (1995) was made to accompany a compilation of poems by underground writer Charles Bukowski (1920–1994). Sculptures from the 1970s to the 1990s in Price’s signature style are also on view.

FOLDING PAPER: THE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES OF ORIGAMI Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue May 16-Sep 21 Origami (Japanese paper folding) began centuries ago, likely for ceremonial use and as a pastime for court nobles. Birds, other animals and boxes are long-time icons of this creative practice, which has been considered a sophisticated international art form outside Japan only since the mid-20th century. This exhibit of 145 works of contemporary origami by 45 master folders from around the world shows the range of modern styles, from representational figures of nature to modular geometric forms and abstract sculpture.

Andrew Deutsch/Stephen Vitiello
Andrew Deutsch/
Stephen Vitiello

Ryohei Tanaka
Ryohei Tanaka

Robert Marchessault
Robert Marchessault

Ken Price
Ken Price

Origami
Origami

 Sat, Jun 7, 2014