Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: April 2016

From social-minded Seattle street art to glass pillows, there's plenty of variety on the docket this month.

By Seth Sommerfeld April 6, 2016

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Adam Ekberg, Untitled, 2016, archival pigment print, 30 x 40 in.

Adam Ekberg: Theatre of Lost Years
Platform Gallery

Photographer Adam Ekberg constructs odd, often funny scenes where objects like oscillating fans, dominoes, and punctured milk jugs disrupt beautiful natural landscapes. But it takes a second to figure to realize the missing element that makes his photographs so striking (and mildly unnerving). It's the absence of humanity in these worlds of kinetic human products. Experience Ekberg's latest collection of disorienting realities with Theatre of Lost YearsOpening reception from 6–8.

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Jeff Ballard, Vacancy, 2015, formatting blown glass, rope, box, mixed media, 12 x 18 x 6 in.

Jeff Ballard: Synapse
Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art

Let's get this out of the way: Glass pillows sound super uncomfortable. But when employed by artist Jeff Ballard, they sure are dreamy. Ballard combines marvelously crafted blown glass pillows with worn wood, rope, and found materials to create sculptures that muse on the realm of dreams and the tenuous nature of comfort in SynapseOpening reception from 5–9.

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No Touching Ground, You Still Feel Like Home.

No Touching Ground: You Still Feel Like Home
Glass Box Gallery

Few Seattle creators can hit a nerve like street artist No Touching Ground. It's both challenging and a treat whenever his stunning large scale public photorealistic paintings pop up around town to provide social commentary on issues like Seattle Police Department misconduct, Shout Your Abortion, and the Occupy movement. Glass Box Gallery gives No Touching Ground a space to express his feelings about the problems facing a growing Seattle with the new exhibit You Still Feel Like Home. In addition to his signature paintings, the collection features video, drawing, and found objects to address topics like the SPD's use of force against the homeless and spotlight the activists that inspire him. Opening reception from 7–10.

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Danny van Ryswyk, Coming Of the Rabbits, acrylic, polyamide resin, vintage bell jar.

Danny van Ryswyk: Tender Loving Darkness
Roq la Rue

The monochrome macabre world of Dutch artist Danny van Ryswyk blends Victorian horror with a sleek, technological modernness. Van Ryswyk digital designs his dark sculptures before making them tangible with the aid of a 3D printer. After carefully hand painting the glossy blacks and grays onto each figure, he places them into vintage bell jars to add an unsettling captive feel.  He shows off these creations, along with a collection of digital prints, in Tender Loving DarknessOpening reception from 6–9.

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