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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | November – January 2015/16

By Matthew Kangas

PHILIP GOVEDARE: SKY PAINTINGS Prographica Gallery, Seattle, Nov 7-Dec 19 University of Washington School of Art professor Philip Govedare concentrates on land and sky in his traditional landscapes. At Prographica, the gallery of his UW School of Art colleague Norman Lundin, Govedare is showing medium-size oils on canvases of skies with mountains or Seattle skylines in the background. Dialoguing with painters as stylistically and historically diverse as J.M.W. Turner, Claude Monet and Winslow Homer, Govedare also pushes imagery toward abstraction, with mixed results.

ROBERT MCCAULEY Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, Nov 5-28 Environment and wildlife preservation are central issues for Robert McCauley, whose animal portraits in unlikely situations build on his breakthrough show of last year. The Mount Vernon, WA, resident has exhibited extensively in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and had a retrospective at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, OR, in 2008. Endangered black bears and grizzlies confront microphones and TV cameras to plead their case against hunting. McCauley’s pictures are disconcerting and moving.

ARIANA PAGE RUSSELL: INTERIOR OPTICS Platform Gallery, Seattle, Oct 15-Dec 12 Ariana Page Russell’s career has exploded since she got her MFA at the University of Washington’s School of Art in 2005. She wangled a solo show in New York City the very next year at Magnan Projects and has been off and running ever since. Photographing her skin, she makes body art without seeing the whole body. Russell is mixing medicine with performance art, and pushing photography to do more than one thought it could.

ALEXANDER MOUTON: SOME TIME LATER … I’M HERE: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM POLAND & UKRAINE Gallery 4Culture, Seattle, Nov 5-Dec 3 Alexander Mouton, a Seattle University professor of digital art and design, exhibits recent photographs of people who “lived through and survived the Nazi invasion, Stalin’s brutal rule, and postwar Soviet totalitarianism.” Working sporadically in Central Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, Mouton has his pieces in many art museum collections, including the Getty Center and Museum of Modern Art, New York. This is his Seattle gallery debut.

CHIPPING THE BLOCK, PAINTING THE SILK: THE COLOR PRINTS OF NORMA BASSETT HALL Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, Oct 24-Feb 14 Whatcom Museum is doing a great job of discovering lesser-known or forgotten Pacific Northwest artists of the past. Norma Bassett Hall hailed from Oregon, but spent much of her life in Kansas and New Mexico as well as travelling extensively in Europe. All of these environments and experiences provided subjects for her mid-20th-century colour block prints. She is considered an early exponent of the American fine art silkscreen print, or serigraph.

Philip Govedare
Philip Govedare

Robert McCauley
Robert McCauley

Ariana Page Russell
Ariana Page Russell

Alexander Mouton
Alexander Mouton

Norma Bassett Hall
Norma Bassett Hall

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