Andre Petterson: To and Fro
While artist statements can often be pretentious drivel, Andre Petterson provides an apt self-description by referring to his works as a "bashing of the senses." His obsession with typewriters and old bikes serves as a launching point for To and Fro and its collection of untamed and violent mixed media pieces. While the twisting and destructive chaos mostly exists in a restrained gray and brownish backdrop, bursts of vibrant color in pieces like Fete jar viewers into a sudden states of alert. Opening reception from 6–8.
Mary Coss: Traces
The latest installation by Seattle’s own Mary Coss explores the idea of cultural inheritance through a variety of engaging mediums. Traces engulfs visitors as Coss fills Method Gallery with language (tracing her maternal ancestry back generations and presenting the maiden names lost to marriage in sculpted wire), sound (mixing the sound of a heartbeat with those made by the skills of her daughters: rhythm tapping and tenor sax), and form (Vow, a pelvic sculpture made of wedding gowns pulled across a metal frame). Opening reception from 5–9.
Laura Schiff Bean: Redefined
Patricia Rovzar Gallery
There’s more to dresses than their exterior fashionableness. We subconsciously imbue the clothing with the power to define one’s identity, gender, standing, and personal history. Laura Schiff Bean explores the complexity of dresses while still presenting their inherent elegant beauty with the large acrylic paintings of Redefined. Her deliberate impressionistic style and muted palette showcase the garments in a light that exists outside of the glamours spotlight. Opening reception from 6–8.
William Kentridge: Universal Archive
Greg Kucera Gallery
South African artist William Kentridge adds meaning to each of his creations by making his unique canvases a key part of the art. After capturing images of subjects ranging from birds to typewriters with his ornate style of Japanese-inspired black line painting, Kentridge photo-transfers them onto linoleum plates and prints the results on the pages of books like the Britannica World Language Dictionary and Short Oxford English Dictionary. Some works like the gnarled tree of Lekkerbreek tower over 5 feet (or six dictionary pages) high. Opening reception from 6–8.