Nancy Callan: From Here to Infinity
Glass artist Nancy Callan's fascination with patterns and mathematics meet head on in her latest exhibit, From Here to Infinity. Tapping into her background as a graphic designer, Callan crafts glass sculptures sporting patterns reminiscent of complex math problems with interweaving sine waves (String Theory) and limitless vectors (Chip Weave Panel). You won't get an AP Math credit for checking out From Here to Infinity, but the beauty in the pieces' intricacy may fire some synapses that have laid dormant since the last time you used a graphing calculator. Opening reception from 5–8.
Catastrophe is inevitable, we'd just rather not think about it. Drawing on the fear of a massive Cascadia subduction zone earthquake (as thrust into the cultural zeitgeist by The New Yorker's "The Big One"), painter Grant Hottle and sculptor Paula Rebsom confront the reality of what that natural disaster might mean with In Denial. The exhibit isn't one of doomsday imagery, but rather more subtle abstractions that hint at familiar forms cast into vulnerable darkness by the unstoppable. Opening reception from 6–8.
Abmeyer + Wood
There are plenty of glass artists that make dazzlingly beautiful sculptures based around smooth lines and vivid colors. They only make William Morris's work stand out even more. After nearly a decade of working as Dale Chihuly's lead glassblower in the 1980s, Morris set out to create his own, vastly different visual path. For inspiration, he turned to relics from ancient cultures, creating glass idols, figures, and masks that eschew traditional notions of beauty for a rough, archaeological aesthetic. While he retired in 2007, this collection of Morris's work still feels active and rich with details worthy of deeper exploration. Opening reception from 5–8.
W. Scott Trimble: It Starts with a Foundation
Seattle's W. Scott Trimble has long been building large scale wooden sculptures that subvert the inherent static properties of the natural material. With his new installation It Starts with a Foundation, Trimble taps into the architectural side of his creative mind to examine Seattle's growth (including the turnover from old to new structures and shifts in demographics) by examining the idea of foundations (in a literal sense that then turns metaphorical). The sculptures on display bring to mind common details of the public visual landscape in order to look at a city that seems to be in a constant state of construction. Opening reception from 5–9.