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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | September – October 2014

By Allyn Cantor

CHRIS CRITES: BROKEN WORD G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle Sep 5–Oct 11 Chris Crites’s acrylic-on-paper-bag paintings are colourfully rendered in a bold style that recalls graphic novels and Pop Art. With portraiture at the root of his subjects, the majority of Crites’s paintings are informed by old crime photos from the 1890s through the 1950s. For this exhibit, Crites uses combinations of two individuals booked on similar charges. These mug shots of robbers and forgers and beautifully haunting depictions of smashed-up old cars reflect on the connections we share with others and on how individual actions affect one another.

ANN HAMILTON: A COMMON SENSE Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Oct 11–Apr 26 Internationally recognized for her large multi-media installations, Ann Hamilton is transforming the Henry Art Gallery’s entire building this fall. Her museum-wide exhibit of commissioned work is about the interdependence of humans and animals, reflecting on finitude and threatened extinctions shared across species. Tactile garments of wool, silk and skin are some of the ways Hamilton reflects on the closeness and distance of human and non-human animals.

PAN GONGKAI: WITHERED LOTUS CAST IN IRON Frye Art Museum, Seattle Oct 4–Jan 18 For his first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., distinguished Chinese artist Pan Gongkai will create a large-scale, site-specific ink painting that extends the length of the museum’s largest gallery. A contemporary master of ink painting, Gongkai creates large-scale compositions without interruption through a physically demanding process that can last more than 12 hours. Gongkai’s work is informed by generations of traditional practice, although the artist is one of the most avid experimenters with the medium.

NICK MOUNT: THE FABRIC OF WORK—SCULPTURAL GLASS FROM A MASTER OF AUSTRALIAN CRAFT Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue Oct 10–Feb 1 Nick Mount has been a leading figure in the Australian studio glass movement since the early 1970s. This exhibit showcases a new series of glass tableaux comprising objects that demonstrate Mount’s mastery in a broad range of techniques, such as blowing, carving and polishing, as well as mixed-media work involving wood and metal components. The pieces speak to the vocation of workmanship. Mount’s dedication as a glass-blower yields exquisite forms that push the boundaries of tradition.

INK THIS! CONTEMPORARY PRINT ARTS IN THE NORTHWEST Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Thru November 9 This exhibit explores the diversity of printmaking that has flourished in the Northwest over the last few decades. The survey includes nearly every type of print-based artwork, from time-honoured processes such as etching and lithography to monotype, chine collé and letterpress to the newer digital print media, installation and handmade book arts. Many well-known artists such as Rick Bartow, Tom Prochaska and Laura Ross-Paul are represented in this comprehensive exhibit.

Chris Crites
Chris Crites

Ann Hamilton
Ann Hamilton

Pan Gongkai
Pan Gongkai

Nick Mount
Nick Mount

Laura Ross-Paul
Laura Ross-Paul

 Sun, Sep 7, 2014