Pioneer Square Gallery Guide: October 2012

Posted on October 25, 2012, 4:43 pm
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It’s a short month for art in Pioneer Square. First Thursday falls on the 1st of November, so October’s shows will be coming down this weekend. But if you haven’t been able to take a look at what is on display, I highly recommend you make the trip to pioneer Square in the next few days. There is a great variety of beautiful works on display through the 27th.


Last month’s Media Matters show at Foster/White offered a range of unique works from artists whose disciplines challenged the ways we might view the media they use to create their works. Some works representing that show are still on display. Eugenie Tung and Andrew Millner are among those and definitely worth a look. (You can read more about their work on Seattle Arts News.) The main show this month is Skalamerija—a collection by painter Bratsa Bonifacho. Bonifacho’s bold, complex compositions will appeal to logophiles with their blend of gibberish and soundbites, typography and symbol, deftly arranged into brooding landscapes. (Read more about Skalamerija on Seattle Arts News.) On the softer side, you will find the meditative works of Louise Kikuchi also on display on the main floor. Her light, ethereal sumi-e and gansai compositions are well curated beside a collection of works from Pilchuck glass artists. Clare Belfrage’s sumptuous shapes look like one of Kikuchi’s subtle, sweet drops rendered into sculpture.

Grover Thurston

The walls are bursting with color at Grover Thurston, where the rich compositions of four artists are now showing. James Lavadour’s ominous and arresting Red Core greets you as you enter. You’ll want to spend some time with this piece, visually excavating the glowing, volcanic world he has imagined. You’ll find Marianne Pulfer’s ambiguously sensuous portraiture on the south wall. Do not trust digital images of these works, which may make them seem flat and trivial. The textures of the paper and the subtlety of execution must be seen in person for the work to have its greatest impact.

Cullom Gallery

Seattle’s home for woodblock print art offers a unique show from artist Annie Bissett. LOADED is her collection of works inspired by money culture. With wit and aplomb, she addresses war, consumerism, and the role of linguistic idioms in communicating value—moral and monetary. It’s definitely a show worth seeing. (Read more about Annie Bissett’s work on Seattle Arts News.)

Greg Kucera

Margie Livingston’s imaginative and luscious creations blur the line between painting and sculpture. Painting in the third dimension, she has created blocks of color and a stunning quilt of 90 grommetted panels composed of acrylic paint. It’s a true feast for the eyes.

SOIL Gallery

SOIL gallery has two shows worth seeing. Teeth is a group show featuring four artists: Nola Avienne, Christopher Buening, Alan Bur Johnson, and Jennifer Zwick. All artists created work around the idea—the wonder and the ickiness—of teeth. Zwick has been creating a series of portraits of portraits. That is, she takes headshots of famous individuals and conceals everything but their most notable feature. Condoleezza Rice’s chompers gleam from behind three bouquets in Bouquet With Condoleezza. Alan Bur Johnson arranges dozens of small photographic transparencies of teeth in steely, wall-mounted sculptures that are satisfying in their ambiguity…and definitely unnerving if you don’t care for the dentist.

Also on display at SOIL is Ellen Ziegler’s Body Double series. Ziegler’s works are among the most striking on display this month. The bold, black tar paper on which she paints is of visual interest on its own, particularly the wider pieces, which are cut into sharp bowtie shapes. The line of symmetry of these shapes bisects unearthly, organic paintings in gouache and metallic pigments. Her forms are unclassifiable—alien fossils emerging from a tar pit, abyssal invertebrates floating in a void, ghosts afloat in a lightless limbo. Whatever they are, they are pure imagination rendered beautifully into a novel form. Get a glimpse before they disappear.


T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.