With Seattle set to host the MLS Cup on Sunday, November 10, things are about to get ROWDY in Pioneer Square. (The people running the show have even been asking the local eateries to stay open 24 hours, to satisfy the tens of thousands of people expected to roll through.) But in the meantime… First Thursday Art Walk is upon us.
Here are the gallery shows in Pioneer Square and Downtown Seattle this month that we are most excited to see. In several cases, we’re seeing pairings of works that might appeal to the same collector or viewer.
David Hytone at Linda Hodges Gallery
David Hytone’s multimedia paintings mesh acrylic, okawara paper and flashe vinyl paint seamlessly to create otherworldly places…where you can’t really tell inside from out. Some years ago, he started playing with ceramics, creating small complementary sculptures. It takes real talent to strike the harmony that he does with such seemingly discordant shapes and forms. His latest show at Linda Hodges presents a new body of work of paintings and sculptures to get lost in. At Linda Hodges Gallery through November 30.
Scott Mansfield at CORE Gallery
Want more whimsical structures? Check out Scott Mansfield Sneaky Diagonal at CORE Gallery. His drawings and sculptures of steel and plaster are more austere and tense, but equally enigmatic. Through November 30 at CORE Gallery.
Fay Jones at James Harris Gallery
You have plenty of time to visit and enjoy Las Golondrinas, the new body of large-scale paintings by Fay Jones at James Harris Gallery. Jones has been a fixture in Seattle’s arts community for many years, as was her late husband Bob Jones, who passed last year. This show was created in the spirit of catharsis following his death. Jones divides most of these works with a long horizon, meshing symbols of lightness and grief. Through January 25 at James Harris Gallery.
Kalee Choinerie at The 101
Want more playful and slightly surreal large scale paintings? See the new works by Kalee Choinerie at The 101. They are weird, feminine, a little cosmic and a little sexy. See some of her work on her Instagram. This show is a special event during Art Walk on November 7.
Norman Lundin at Greg Kucera Gallery
Norman Lundin turned 81 in the last year. This latest show, Remembered Detail, was planned for his eightieth birthday, but he took an extra year to finish this extraordinary and beautiful body of work. These are reflections of late career artist, on the spaces where he has created and exhibited his creations, presented in the loveliest of light and the elegiac atmosphere that he has mastered. Through December 21 at Greg Kucera Gallery.
Digital Perspectives at Winston Wächter
Winston Wächter’s Digital Perspectives brings together digital works by a trio of artists: Maja Petric, Etsuko Ichikawa and Peter Gronquist. The quiet work by Gronquist was included in his recent solo show at the gallery: a fluttering sheet of gold fabric suspended over a mountain range.
Maja Petric’s Particle Attraction is an interactive, scaled down experience similar to her immersive We Are All Made of Light installation that was at MadArt earlier this year. The viewers’s silhouette is captured in real time to appear as if emerging from simulated landscapes.
And Etsuko Ichikawa’s surreal Murmurin’s of Love is a surreal act of destruction: a woman in heels and silvery hazmat gear smashes a glowing green vessel of Uranium Glass and then sweeps up the mess. A bit blunt with its metaphor of ecological fragility and nuclear contamination in the land of Hanford, but sometimes that’s what it takes. Through December 21 at Winston Wächter.
Note: If you love interactive digital wizardry, these are also you last weeks to see the solo show by SPACEFILLER at GLASS BOX. Fantasy Parameter Spaces features several interactive stations to play with light and sound. It closes November 23.
John Brophy at Roq La Rue Gallery
John Brophy’s surreal yet realistic paintings are conceived digitally, then rendered by hand the old fashioned way. His latest show, Sages and Sirens, mashes up Americana idols with fantasy and sci-fi elements. It opens November 14 at Roq La Rue Gallery.
Featured image: Detail of “35 Wallace Hartley Blvd.” by David Hytone.