Here are a few choice exhibits to check out on First Thursday art walk:
Robert Yoder: DILF!
May 3–June 16, Platform Gallery
Though Robert Yoder has been busy lately curating exhibits out of his home gallery Season, he takes time out to showcase a collection of his own abstract oil paintings. Well known for the minimalist collages he used to show across the Northwest, his paintings are also spare, a swirl of colors, but with an aggression to them. It almost seems the primary paint in his works (mostly white) is smothering the reds, yellows, and pinks trying to escape from beneath. The artist calls his latest studio work “an investigation of my emotional and physical fantasies,” and he plays coy, like he’s in a “continuous first date—the flirting, the divulging, the evasiveness.”
Eirik Johnson: Camps and Cabins
Thru May 26, G Gibson Gallery
Northwest commercial mushroom hunters ("camps") and the makeshift hunting shelters built by Iñupiat tribes in Alaska ("cabins") are the fodder for the Seattle artist’s latest exhibit of stunning photographs. First Thursday reception May 3, 6–8.
Under the Rainbow
Extended through June 2, various galleries
Four gallery owners—Gail Gibson, Greg Kucera, James Harris, and Stephen Lyons (of Platform Gallery)—have collaborated on this offshoot of Tacoma Art Museum’s Hide/Seek, the first major museum exhibit addressing homosexuality’s impact on American art. Each gallery is showing images of and by gay artists from its own collection: a wealth of work by contemporary artists such as Annie Leibovitz, Jeffry Mitchell, and Robert Mapplethorpe.