Visual Art

First Thursday: May

Free is the word at downtown galleries and museums.

By Laura Dannen May 6, 2010

Adam Satushek, Fence, archival pigment print, 40 × 50 inches, 2010.

Where will we be this First Thursday? Checking out area art shows in their closing weekend…

Closing May 9 Isabelle Pauwels’s Incredibly, unbelievably/The complete ordered field, an exhibit of the Vancouver artist’s smart, edgy video projections that deconstruct reality TV and take on social issues such as gentrification. Pauwels was the first recipient of Henry Art Gallery’s Brink Award in 2009: in other words, she’s an artist who’s on the brink of something really big. Check out her work before she crosses the border, and find out more about the exhibit in Chris Werner’s interview of Pauwels.

Closing May 8 Eli Hansen’s glass-and sculpture exhibit, We Used to Get So High, at Lawrimore Project. That title is actually a bit tamer than previous Hansen shows (like It Was One of My Best Comes, and Kulture der Angst). But there’s a melancholy to the glassblower’s latest collection, which is less like a gallery exhibit and more like a laboratory experiment gone awry. He finds uses for buckets, broken beakers and found objects, and incorporates his own hand-blown glass (which gives Chihuly’s a run, by the way) to remember a time when, yes, we used to get so high. —Kaitlin Nunn

Closing May 8 Adam Satushek’s photography exhibit Annex at Platform Gallery. The UW grad’s photos distort reality by layering fantasy over the familiar, like a serene lake scene over a suburban plot of land, or bushes in the middle of a driveway. They explore our oft-hilarious, often tenuous relationship with our environment in order to help us understand our place in the world.

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