Visual Art

The Top Art Openings To See In Seattle This Week: July 10–13, 2019

Critics' Picks from the Seattle Art Museum, Pioneer Square Art Walk, the Capitol Hill Art Walk, and More
July 10, 2019
See Amy Lemaire's mysterious digital imagery on aluminum in As in Also: An Alternative Too, which is opening during the Pioneer Square Art Walk. (Traver Gallery)

This week is particularly rich in art openings. For one thing, Seattle Art Museum's Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness Add to a List , an important exhibition by a queer South African artist, will throw open its doors. For another, this month, because of the July 4th holiday, three major art walks—the Pioneer Square Art Walk, the Capitol Hill Art Walk, and the West Seattle Art Walk—are taking place on the same day, this Thursday, July 11. For a third, it's also Georgetown Art Attack this weekend. To guide you through all of this local creative goodness, below, we've compiled the most promising exhibits that are having opening receptions this week, as well as our favorite new shows from other neighborhoods that aren't having art walks. You may want to check out the Belltown Art Walk and Art Up Phinneywood, too. For more art options, check out our complete visual art calendar.

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(Shows open on Thursday, July 11 during Art Walk)

Capitol Hill Block Party Photo Showcase Add to a List
Vicariously experience the thrills of Capitol Hill Block Parties past at this exhibition of snaps by local photographers.
Caffe Vita

Capitol Hill Block Party Poster Show Add to a List
Celebrate poster art and Capitol Hill Block Party with this exhibit featuring work by more than 40 local artists, inspired by musicians who will perform at the festival. The opening reception promises a raffle, drinks, and a DJ. Buy art—all of the profits from sales will go to the designers.

Dede Falcone: And So It Is Add to a List
Falcone's rich, jammy colors swirl together in expressions of "placement, displacement, connection, and fragmentation of human connectedness to the natural environment."
Steve Gilbert Studio

Erin Kendig: Giants Add to a List
These gouache and watercolor paintings double as love letters to Northwest flora and fungi. Using mixed perspectives, patterns, curious symmetries, and sinuous lines, Kendig evokes animistic landscapes and mushrooms and plants with plenty of personality.
Ghost Gallery

Marilyn Montufar Add to a List
This photo series by the Mexican American artist Marilyn Montufar highlights representation of Mexicans in a reaction to backwards American views of its southern neighbor. They're soulful and emphatically free of stereotype.
Consulate of Mexico

Pink Halloween HQ Add to a List
Jordan Christianson and Anouk Rawkson, joined by Casey Morse and Stephanie Jamieson, have combined their energies and talents in the brand PINK HALLOWEEN. Their new collection of bags, apparel, pins, sinister statuettes, and more celebrates queer icons "lost to gentrification."
Private Location

Polaroid Party in the Stairwell Gallery Add to a List
To accompany screenings of Instant Dreams, a documentary about the unkillable appeal of Polaroid film, check out Polaroids submitted by local photographers.
Northwest Film Forum

Rick Araluce: The Night Theater Add to a List
Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Araluce specializes in detailed, illusion-filled, faintly sinister tiny dioramas that look incredibly realistic and impart feelings of delicious disorientation. It feels like you're peeking into a parallel universe that isn't quite to scale with ours.
Roq la Rue

Steven Miller: Offerte Add to a List
Steven Miller burned '70s to '90s gay porn magazines in a fire pit and photographed the inferno in a tribute to "love and loss through the AIDS years." The all-consuming fire is meant to represent desire and power, countering the association of flames with Christian hell.
The Factory

Tatiana Gill Add to a List
Compassionate, body-positive feminist cartoonist Tatiana Gill (Wombgenda, Blackoutings) will show her social justice-tinged works at the cupcake shop.
Cupcake Royale

Zac Boetes: Total Shig Show Add to a List
Zac Boetes is a depictor of eerie, silly, grotesque beasts (and humans), often painted on repurposed materials. The designs declare the influence of tattoos, cartoons, and psychedelic grooviness.
Joe Bar


Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness Add to a List
(Opening Wednesday, July 10)
Zanele Muholi is a titan of art and photography. I remember first encountering their photographs of black LGBTQI South Africans in college and being stunned by the honesty, intimacy, and strength that Muholi brought out in their subjects. In a time when being a queer black South African rendered an individual invisible or subject to extreme prejudice and violence, Muholi’s work subverted and exalted this marginalized group of people. In Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Muholi becomes the subject, taking staged self-portraits using found materials like pads, cowrie shells, and washing machine tubes to “challenge perceptions of who and where they are.” JASMYNE KEIMIG
Seattle Art Museum

(Shows open on Saturday, July 13 during Art Attack)

Clara W. Dudley Add to a List
Lovers of vivid, fanciful, mythology-enriched needlepoint and silkscreen: Dudley creates fierce, docile, large, and small mythical creatures that will charm the heck out of you. 
All City Coffee

Hot Off the Press Fair Add to a List & Exhibition Add to a List
Seattle's world-renowned Fantagraphics Books, known for their boundary-pushing cartoons and graphic novels, will host their annual Hot Off the Press book fair, featuring appearances by guest artists like Berlin-based Ulli Lust, Americans Zak Sally and Joshua Ray Stephens, Coin-op Books from Brooklyn, and many other small publishers and artists. The artwork will stay up during the Hot Off the Press Exhibition.

Paige Barnes: Mother Add to a List
Prolific dance artist Barnes will spend the month of July in residency at Oxbow, developing a piece melding East Asian traditional medicine (including acupuncture and pulse listening) and dance. Join her during Georgetown Art Attack to see the work in progress, and witness the final work during performances at the end of the month. 

Uses of History Add to a List
Denzil Hurley, Kathy Slade, Jeremy Deller, and others depict various strains of regalia and other forms of self-expression related to public protest and ceremonies. Melissa E. Feldman curates this selection of video, painting, "industrial embroidery," and more. Cypriot artist Haris Epaminonda has his American debut with a 35-minute film called Chimera, showing at 1:30 and 3:30 during gallery hours along with Jeremy Deller's Everybody in the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992.
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(Shows open on Thursday, July 11 during Art Walk)

Amjad Faur and Paula Rebsom: In Our Absence Add to a List
Everyone is familiar with the thought experiment “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” A riddle for the ages. The local artists of In Our Absence are interested in exploring what happens in environments they feel intimately connected to when they are not there. Using infrared motion-sensor camera traps, Amjad Faur documents a hunting reserve just south of Olympia, while Paula Rebsom documents her backyard in Greenwood. Both look to highlight parallels between their own experiences in these spaces and what happens when neither of them is around. JASMYNE KEIMIG

As in Also: An Alternative Too Add to a List
Brooklyn artist, instructor, and curator John Drury guest curates As in Also: An Alternative Too, which serves as a follow-up to his New York City exhibition from earlier this year, The Other Glass: An Alternative History. Drury continues to bring together artists of diverse backgrounds who push the boundaries (and expectations) of what glass as a medium can do. There are molecular-looking glass sculptures by Seattle-based Jen Elek, Brooklyn-based Amy Lemaire’s organic forms, and Seattle-based artist Morgan Peterson’s pieces that cull imagery from and offer commentary on popular culture. Among the others featured in this show are Scott Darlington, Eli Hansen, Robbie Miller, Jerry Pethick, Brian Pike, George Sawchuk, Buster Simpson, Megan Stelljes, Leo Tecosky, and Simon Klenell. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Traver Gallery

Bill Whipple: New Abstractions Add to a List
Long preoccupied with "viewer-activated, message-driven constructions," Whipple is switching to wood and found objects to make intricate objects that suggest warped machines, Seussian cityscapes, mechanized human interactions, or alchemical apparatus.

Dick Weiss Add to a List
Avant-garde glass artist Weiss, whose ethereal-looking yet permanent pieces grace the SeaTac airport, the Pilchuck Glass School, the Museum of Glass, the City of Seattle, and more, will hang colorful stained-glass panels in the store/gallery's front windows. Enjoy the sunset rays through this no doubt lovely installation.

Jennifer Beedon Snow and Joe Max Emminger Add to a List
Jennifer Beedon Snow makes the loveliest paintings of tennis courts and subdivision pools in suburbia, while Emminger paints quirky people, animals, and figures in between.
Linda Hodges Gallery

Leah Gerrard: Element Add to a List
Leah Gerrard’s wiry creations speak to the delicacy—and rigidity—of the material. Gerrard incorporates the natural (rocks, wood, organic forms) into the metallic sinew of the wire, which is often suspended from rusty iron chains. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Shift Gallery

Nine Years | Graceful Exit Add to a List
It's been a brutal year for art galleries in Seattle: We've lost Mount Analogue, the Alice, and now, it seems, Prographica is going the same way. Stop in on their last exhibition to see work by more than 20 artists who've been helped along in their careers by gallery owner Norman Lundin, who writes poignantly: "While nine years is not long enough, it will have to do."

Prince Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith: The Impermanence of Life Add to a List
Laotian artist Tiao Nith uses gold and silver thread to embroider ephemeral works on dead leaves gathered during his perambulations. Contemplate the transience of life as you gaze at these shimmery patterns.

Will Robinson: New Sculptures Add to a List
Bremerton-born Will Robinson's stonework is described as "a study in contrasts" and "prone to impossible balancing acts." The sculptures look somehow both elemental and otherworldly, like they've suddenly condensed out of an alien atmosphere.
Foster/White Gallery


Beili Liu: Each and Every Add to a List
(Opening Thursday, July 11)
Each and Every is Austin-based Beili Liu’s first solo exhibition in Seattle. Liu creates immersive “site-responsive” and site-specific installations that create and explore various dichotomies. She often works with quotidian materials (thread, scissors, paper, water) to create her works, which both familiarizes and disorients viewers. For her show at MadArt, Liu will be suspending thousands of pieces of concrete-coated children’s clothing inches above the gallery floor. JASMYNE KEIMIG


Amber Flame: ::intrigue:: 8 Add to a List
(Opening Friday, July 12)
Hugo House poet-in-residence Amber Flame explores the relationship between music and poetry using "choral-heavy melodies set against loop-based harmonies" based on writings by Danez Smith, Natalie Diaz, and others; looped video shorts; and fabric window dressings.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Carrie Yamaoka: recto/verso Add to a List
(Opening Saturday, July 13)
New York–based artist Carrie Yamaoka’s work is molten, glass-like, distorted as if you’re looking into a fun-house mirror. She skips the traditional canvas and wood panels, opting instead to compose a lot of her work using resin or reflective Mylar. The result is a slipperiness of both form and style: The material is the thing. In recto/verso, the exhibition covers Yamaoka’s work from the early 1990s to the present, including some of her early text-based explorations and chemically altered photos.JASMYNE KEIMIG

(Shows open Thursday, July 11 during Art Walk)

Alexandra Penglis Add to a List
Recent Seattle University BFA graduate Penglis hangs multiply exposed, digitally manipulated photographs of landscapes that create complex shapes, planes, and color combinations.

Jessica Ry'cheal: Altar Call Add to a List
Art critic Emily Pothast has written: "Jessica Rycheal is a portrait photographer whose work documents subjects drawn from Seattle's multigenerational activist community with a sensuous, effervescent joie de vivre." After her exhibition at the Northwest African American Museum, Rycheal's frank and loving visual odes to black healing and community are once again available to view, and you should seize your chance to do so.
Virago Gallery

Sandy Nelson Add to a List
This graphic designer and artist's silkscreen prints exude a sweet, earthy, relaxing simplicity as they celebrate community, peace, and greenery.
John L. Scott Real Estate

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