Pioneer Square Art Walk: November 2014

Posted on November 21, 2014, 9:00 am
3 mins

This month’s Pioneer Square Art Walk was filled with patrons of the arts community—despite the chilly weather. Don’t fret if you haven’t had the chance to check out November’s gallery shows, as there’s still time! Head on down to Caffe Vita for a hot cocoa and peruse the largest concentration of galleries in Seattle.


 

"It Is What It Is" by Krista Cibis. Image courtesy of the artist and PUNCH Gallery.

“It Is What It Is” by Krista Cibis. Image courtesy of the artist and PUNCH Gallery.

PUNCH Gallery: 2014 Juried Exhibition

This year’s Juried Exhibition was selected by SuttonBeresCuller and features a range of mediums and styles from artists all over the nation. 52o artists submitted their work for and eighteen were chosen. My personal favorites were Philip Carpenter’s rustic stool (tipped on its side and titled Christmas Eve) and Krista Cibis’ elaborately decorated signage (It Is What It Is).

On display through December 20.

Greg Kucera Gallery: Whiting Tennis and Claudia Fitch

Whiting TennisQuilts and Monsters features a plethora of what viewers readily associate with Tennis’ work…along with so much more. Claudia Fitch’s ceramic works for Sirens on a Shelf transform and redefine the human body through provocative posing and display.

On display through December 24.

G. Gibson: Homegrown by Julie Blackmon

Blackmon “wows” again with her unique still-life photography. Homegrown focuses again on the concept of the “Jan Steen Household.” Her previous exhibition at G. Gibson, entitled Undertow, portrayed a similar style, emotion and aesthetic: a stark realism that reflects both a sense of the everyday but also the uncanny.

On display through November 29.

SOIL: Borderlands

Borderlands features the work of Julie Alpert, Susanna Bluhm, Cynthia Camlin, Elise Richman and Katy Stone. “Borderlands explores borders on multiple levels,” along with containment and structure. I was particularly captivated by Elise Richman’s pours of evocative blue paint.

On display through November 29.

4Culture: Dakota Gearhart

Dakota Gearhart’s work prioritizes the physical experience of art. Her immersive work has progressed both conceptually and visually since her 2014 MFA an MDes exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery. Her current exhibition at 4Culture, entitled When We Get There, “is an experiential reflection on the psychology of a cage. Activated by human presence, the dense and constricted environment forces the viewer to confront the delicate line between comfortable and uncomfortable forms of containment.”

On display through December 4.

 

Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.