by Matthew Kangas
RICHARD GILKEY: A SAMPLING: 1960s – 1970s
Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle. Sep 2 – Oct 9
Long before his 1997 suicide, Richard Gilkey’s comet had flashed and burned. His rugged, cloudy-sky paintings were wildly sought after by Seattle’s elite of the 1960s. They captured the moody climate of the Pacific Northwest and its preindustrial farm structures, winding creeks and forlorn vistas. Seeing the stark impastoed landscapes now is like taking a rowboat ride down a gurgling river, with ancient barns and Skagit Valley fields reminding us of life before suburban development.
QUEER VISIBILITY: DEAN SAMESHIMA & ANTHONY WHITE
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Oct 2021 – Jan 2022
Curators Nina Bozicnik and Kira Sue continue the Henry’s Viewpoints series by highlighting two men of color, Dean Sameshima of Berlin, Germany, and Anthony White, from Seattle. The former makes connect-the-dots drawings based on old gay leather magazine photos; the latter piles on the world with dancing fi gures, equating the male nude with ubiquitous consumer products.
CONTEMPORARY JOOMCHI: NEW WORKS BY JIYOUNG CHUNG
ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle. Oct 7 – Nov 20
After her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Detroit, Jiyoung Chung’s career took off with her exploration of an ancient Korean craft tradition, hand-felted hanji (mulberry) paper, or joomchi. While reviving the perforated, dyed and stacked paper-panel technique – and even writing a book on the topic – Chung has also exhibited all over the world. Her colorful structures breathe new life into modernist abstraction.