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Feb – Mar 2018 Washington Vignettes

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By Matthew Kangas

George Rodriguez, Lion Image Courtesy of Foster/White Gallery

GEORGE RODRIGUEZ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge, Mar 10-Jun 3

For his solo museum debut, El Paso, Texas native George Rodriguez creates an installation based on his travels to 24 countries within nine months, funded by his University of Washington postgraduate Bonderman Fellowship. As a result, the Indigenous Chicano imagery of his childhood combines with ceramic riffs on Indonesian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian and Japanese devotional objects, which influence his devotional sanctuary of people, lions, dogs, and other objects associated with ecstatic ancient cults. He teaches art at North Seattle College.

Humaira Abid, Searching For Home, 2016. Photo: Adeel Ahmed

HUMAIRA ABID Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, To Mar 25

For her solo museum debut, the Pakistani-born sculptor created Searching
for Home
to explore issues of displacement, refugee crises and women’s roles in times of catastrophe and wide geographical diaspora. With trompe l’œil carved wooden sculptures of suitcases, sneakers, birds, insects and animals, Abid’s installation moves the viewer from home to barrier to barbed wire and back, all symbolized by abbreviated accumulations of objects associated
with coercive migration. A Seattle-area resident since 2008, Abid exhibits widely in Pakistan and India as well as Dubai, Kenya and Nepal.

Jacqueline Barnett, Affirmation, 2017. Image Courtesy of Gallery IMA. Photo: Joel Clarin

JACQUELINE BARNETT Gallery I M A, Seattle, Mar 3-31

Now 83, Barnett’s unceasing energy is the key to her inexhaustible store of imagery and revelatory gestures. Following her retrospective at Museum of Northwest Art, the New York-born figurative expressionist painter is extending her open-ended forms and recurrent imagery. Part of the Bay Area feminist renaissance in the 1970s, Barnett submerges the female figure by dispersing anatomical parts and attributes throughout a composition. A full-length monograph (by this author), Figure to Field, puts her continuous, yet cyclical, evolution in perspective.

Shirin Neshat Ghada, 2013. Image Courtesy of the Artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York & Brussels

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, To Apr 22

The Henry has been most successful at attracting young wealthy techies with an interest in funding contemporary art programs and acquisitions. As a result, director Sylvia Wolf is displaying some of the riches of the past two decades. Director Emeritus Richard Andrews and ex-curator Elizabeth Brown secured accessions by Richard Long, Lorna Simpson and Shirin Neshat, among other sculptors, video and installation artists, many of whom have shown at the U of W museum, now in its 90th year.

Kathy Jones, My Companions, 2017. Image Courtesy of Patricia Rovzar Gallery

KATHY JONES Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, Mar 1-Apr 1

Part of the gallery’s 25th anniversary year celebration, Kathy Jones continues her exploration of anonymous figures in dark or brightly colored environments. Like Jacqueline Barnett, she studied printmaking and drawing at Stanford, where Manuel Neri and Frank Lobdell long prevailed. She also taught in Egypt. Jones’ paintings exude a dense, southern California tension between sunlight and shadow, metaphors perhaps for the relationships between the couples that inhabit these works.