There are a slew of exhibitions worth checking out at Georgetown Art Attack this month, and as usual there is a shuttle courtesy of Equinox Studios to get you between venues. Here are some of the highlights easily accessed from the four shuttle stops.
studio e presents Glue
Off by its lonesome on the north end of Georgetown, and always worth visiting, the gorgeous studio e presents a group show of collage, Glue. Not all of the participating artists are known for working in collage, and judging by the advance images, some of it might be a little improvisational for my tastes. However, I am already loving the figurative silhouettes of Warren Dykeman. Anyone who has seen Dykeman’s paintings will recognize his style even translated into cardboard cutouts. (If you have been to Vito’s, you’ll know him as the artist who created the mural on the walls in the lounge.) Other participating artists are Brian Cypher (also known more as a painter), Gillian Theobald (who works with found paper in appealing ways) and Curtis Steiner, whose paper-craft is always immaculate. Whatever he makes will be a wonder, I’m sure.
The Old Rainier Bottling Plant
There are two shows that stand out at this venue. At Mainframe, check out a solo show of Riley Doyle‘s plein air paintings. Doyle spent part of the summer at the Hudson River Fellowship, and then drove back from the White Mountains of Jackson, NH documenting the trip and even paying for room and board with his art. The aptly titled exhibit at Mainframe, Souvenirs, is a collection of sensitively rendered landscapes from his sojourn in the east.
At Krab Jab Studios, three artists present works in the group show Femina Mystica. Krab Jab is always a good venue for people who are fond of contemporary portraiture, especially fans of fantasy and sci-fi. It’s not the place you go if you want more theoretical, critical works. In this case, however, I think I will make a point of going especially to see the paintings of David Gray. I really enjoy his elegant, soft and straightforward classicism. I’m less familiar with the other two artists, Bud Cook and Mark Poole. I balk a little when I see a show whose title invokes a divine feminine and only has three male artists. I’m prepared to be met with the male gaze multiple times, but perhaps we’ll all be pleasantly surprised. You don’t know unless you go!
By Vale St.
Speaking of the male gaze…R. Crumb made a name for himself with his low-brow, hornball, x-rated Fritz the Cat. He’s never stopped being lowbrow, as evident in his Book of Genesis, which was displayed at Seattle Art Museum‘s Graphic Masters show this summer. (Personally, I feel that Crumb’s style is well suited to depicting the sadistic, Bronze Age exploits of the descendants of Adam. Those characters are repulsive.) Seattle’s own comic publisher and graphic art mecca, Fantagraphics is showing works from Crumb made in the mid 60s, when he was just starting out as a cartoonist for satirical papers and developing the style and characters that would eventually bring him notoriety. It’s a must-see for fans of the genre and the cartoonist himself.
Over at the Hamilton Studios building (6007 12th Ave South), there are three shows on my radar. Please note: This building is not ADA accessible and there are lots of stairs to climb.
At The Alice, A Slice Of The Expanse continues. (It opened on August 24.) A Slice features conceptual sculptures and installations by Erika Lynne Hanson and Ian Breidenbach. Breidenbach works from a fictional story of his own, Ann Commanding Infinity, which narrates a year in the life of an empathic artist named. His installation includes text and constructed memorabilia from a road trip to a petrified forest depicted in the story. Hanson’s installation combines video and suspended textiles in an enigmatic take on remembrance and communication.
At Bridge Productions, Dave Kennedy presents multimedia collages using tiled copies of his photography of industrial and transitional spaces as the foundation. As in a cubist work, one sees the space from multiple angles simultaneously, but the effect here is much more chaotic, yet aesthetically balanced.
At Interstitial, artist Sam Vernon presents Rage Wave. I’m not sure what to expect, but the gallery has this to say:
Spanning a range of media, Vernon employs drawing, photography and printmaking to pay homage to the past and revise the traditional ghost story, addressing questions of postcoloniality, racialization, sexuality and historical memory.
Finally, around the corner from Hamilton Studios on Harney Street, local clothier Prairie Underground presents their latest artistic collaboration and an open house of their facilities. Their fourth featured artist is Francesca Lohmann, whose work has been popping up a lot lately, including Out of Sight at King Street Station. Her large, knotted sculptures recall viscera, shoelaces, nightcrawlers. In this case, the work is produced by pouring plaster into a long fabric sleeve and letting it set in a heap. The fabric has been removed, but its texture remains on the surface. It’s the kind of evocative work that attracts and repels simultaneously, in a good way.
Last but not least, be sure to swing by Equinox Studios. This month, the artist in residence at CoCA’s outdoor exhibition space is Suzanne Morlock. Check out that work, and also see the ongoing installation by Sophia Wheelwright just down the drive. (I’m assuming that her cloud of metal mesh will be lit beautifully by video projections after dark as it has been during past events.)
As always, there will be many studios open to the public. This month, I’m highlighting the Pugmill Society, Suite 500 in The Living Room building. PS is a ceramics collective whose founder, Mary Thérèse Enslow, put together a lovely show at CORE Gallery last month. See what Enslow and company are up to in the place where the magic happens.
Don’t let these recommendations entirely dictate your night. Georgetown is all about exploration and happy discoveries. Art Attack happens from 6 – 9pm.
Featured image: “Framed between two others,” 2016, by Dave Kennedy. Image courtesy of Bridge Productions.