This First Thursday experience a perfect pairing. James Harris Gallery serves up the work of two Neddy Award recipients: Eric Elliott, winner in 2009 for painting, will show Residual Forms in the front gallery, and Akio Takamori, winner in 2008 for ceramics, showcases freestanding sculptures Boys in the back.

Do opposites attract? Japanese-born Takamori has examined cultural identity via ceramic art for 25 years, while Elliot is a young gun whose career went off like a shot when he graduated with an MFA from the University of Washington in 2007. Elliot’s gray-tone still lifes almost seem abstract at first glance: thick layers of short, boxy brushstrokes capture studio objects that nearly fade into nothingness. It’s not always easy to find the Cookie Jar. Meanwhile, Takamori’s painted ceramic figures of rosy-cheeked boys are family-infused mashups; they touch on Japanese and American culture, with gestures that mimic both Buddhist and Renaissance sculpture. Both artists have put their stamp on the most traditional of mediums—and as different as the results may be, paintings that look like sculptures and sculptures that read as paintings make for a must-see odd couple of exhibits.

Residual Forms and Boys are on display at James Harris Gallery from Apr 7–30. Opening reception Apr 7, 6–8pm

Also opening April 7: NTG, NKO, and Dan Hawkins: Street Art at Gallery4Culture

Last chance to see…
Wang Huaiqing: A Painter’s Painter in Contemporary China at SAAM (Exhibit ends April 10.)
Thomas Allen and Jonah Samson at G. Gibson Gallery (Exhibits end April 16.)

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