Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: November 2014

Pinhole cameras, papercuts, an immersive installation with hunting dogs, and a group show juried by Seattle's second favorite collaborative trio of artists. It's time to art walk again.

By Jeremy Buben November 5, 2014

Christopher Harris, Port Susan #2, 2004, chromogenic print.

Christopher Harris: 20 Years Worth
Lisa Harris Gallery

The Pike Place gallery hosts a retrospective for photographer Christopher Harris where several series of the artist’s work will be on display. Our pick: the soft fuzzy color fields reminiscent of Rothko paintings and Sugimoto seascapes that Harris creates using a very basic no frills pinhole camera. Harris’s out of focus (in the good kind of way) prints are mounted to aluminum panels and have a metallic iridescence to match the color theory of nature captured by lensless cameras. Opening reception at 6.

Ryann Slauson, Self-Portrait as Dustin Hoffman in an imagined scene from The Graduate, digital photograph.

2014 Juried Exhibition
Punch Gallery

Usually juried exhibitions are a hodge-podge of artworks with very little if any cohesive thread. But what happens when the jurors are the ever so clever artist trio of SuttonBeresCuller? We suspect this show might have just a little more edge than usual.  Don’t forget to cast your vote for People’s Choice Award; also trophies, yes trophies, will be handed out on opening night to the juried winners. Opening reception at 5.







Claudia Fitch, NET, 2014, porcelain with aluminum stand.

Claudia Fitch: Sirens on a Shelf
Greg Kucera Gallery

 Kucera Gallery has lined up a stellar end of the year showing of two very accomplished mid-career artists. Claudia Fitch and Whiting Tennis are names known in serious art circles; their works can be found in prestigious private collections and in museum holdings alike. However it'll be most interesting to see what Fitch has been up to since she gave us those bizarre yet somehow sirenic streetcar markers populating South Jackson Street and Broadway Ave. Opening reception at 6.





M.C. Escher, Plane Filling II, lithograph on thick cream wove paper.

M.C. Escher: Selected Prints
Davidson Galleries

 Last month’s art walk surprise was an extensive collection of original Escher lithographs at Davidson Galleries. Lucky for us it remains up through mid-month. These Escher originals are phenomenal works of art with precise geometric overtones. This museum-worthy show is our chance to view a rare grouping of the fabled print maker’s work first hand while Davidson plays host to a collector’s liquidation of prints.



Allyce Wood, Nondensities, watercolor on paper.

Celeste Cooning & Allyce Wood: Shear / Moment
AXIS Pioneer Square

 The Pioneer Square event space and art walk pop-up gallery will feature large scale paper-cut installations by Celeste Cooning and meticulous drawings by Allyce Wood. Both artists play heavily with negative space in their works; for Cooning that means referencing historical decoration and geometric forms in expansive paper cuts, while Wood is known for her themes of decay and refuse in intimate pen on paper drawings. This one-night only event will be quite a pairing and likely a bit of a party. Opening reception at 5.





Michael Alm, The Wild Hunting Dog (Wandering Diorama), 2014.

Image: Roq La Rue

Michael Alm: The Wild Hunting Dog (Wandering Diorama)
Roq La Rue

 The gallery known for pop surrealism hosts a temporary immersive installation inspired by the hunting dog diorama from the American Museum of Natural History. Alm, an artist working primarily in wood, has recreated the diorama with two-dimensional dogs constructed in plywood behind an enormous gallery filling frame that allows the viewer to shift perspective and experience. Opening reception at 6.

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