On the Town: “Future Ruins” at The Frye

Posted on February 05, 2015, 9:23 pm
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January came to a lively close at The Frye Art Museum, as it opened its doors for the opening reception of Rodrigo Valenzuela‘s new solo exhibition, Future Ruins. It was also one of the final nights of Jessika Kenney‘s Anchor Zero installation in the front galleries, creating an eclectic and electric environment for art enthusiasts of all stripes to meet and mingle.

As ever, there was plenty of great style on display. Rhonda Faison and Marquia Jones were absolutely on point with perfect party looks that exuded confidence. Artists Kat Larson and Sachiko Kuwabata were warm in chic, soft ensembles and statement accessories. We spotted plenty of wide-brimmed hats in the crowd to keep the rain off heads and shoulders. Taehyung Kim wore one well, as did Mariane Lenhardt, whose Mariane Ibrahim Gallery will be moving next month in a new location, right after she returns from mounting an exhibit at Volta NYC during Armory Week.

We grabbed a shot of Lenhardt with curator and creative entrepreneur Robin Held, wearing an ensemble that drew the eye with its coordinated textures and shapes. Artist Juan Alonso and his partner Roger Stuckly both looked dapper from head to toe in a patterned blazer and vest, respectively. Meanwhile, artist Baso Fibonacci wore his own art—one of his hyper-saturated, nature-inspired paintings printed on a black hoodie.

It was clearly a successful event, and the man of the hour, Rodrigo Valenzuela, looked cool and collected after the rush of installing this ambitious new exhibition. It runs until April 26 and we highly recommend it. Read arts writer Claire Reiner’s review of Future Ruins on Vanguard Seattle.

Photography by Mitchell Dasteel

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