This Week’s Highlights: LGBTQ Ceramist Works and Visual Time Capsule of Quarantine Life

This Week’s A & E Pick

Welcome to Arts & Entertainment Pick of the Week. Here, writers share eye-catching things such as particularly interesting events and shows.

Now that the state has reopened in earnest, there’s never been a better time to start looking directly at visual arts again. Here are two shows that will be in the spotlight this week and one that will be on the October calendar.

See Now: Quarantine “Time Capsule”

The state may reopen, but we have just begun to handle last year’s collective trauma and the latest exhibition at Photographic Center Northwest will be helpful. Chosen by the director of Henry Art Gallery curator Shamim M. Momin, the space’s 24th Annual Jury Exhibition “Time Capsule” touches on images taken during a pandemic or the theme of isolation and emptiness. Images are on display.

Lamar Graham’s “THIS IS JUST INTERMISSION” features the words of Marquee’s placeholder at Paramount Theater and a bike cop with full riot gear. This is reminiscent of the conflict between isolation and social activity following the killing of George Floyd.

Jennifer Zwick’s “Dining Room Owen and Sylvan” is cartoonishly warm with a distant school setup and a portrayal of PJ’s children, with a pair of eyes behind a morkie smiley-faced balloon. I’m hiding. But deep-seated frustration pops out of the text on the wall. Anyone who has had to manage both full-time remote work and full-time child care at a time of low certainty and even less social support for the family will know.

“I read a lot of articles about how women first quit their jobs,” Zwick wrote. “I say’read’, but in reality, skimming when trying to get a 6-year-old kid to stop disassembling the filing cabinet that holds a lot of important documents, how he Did you get the key? … I know I’m grateful that I can afford to quarantine, but I endanger most of our lives while the wealthy people are doing whatever they’ve always done. , Refuse to appreciate the stunting economic structure. “

Even the stage of a pandemic puzzle is represented. In “chess, coffee, chocolate” and “backgammon, hibiscus, muffins,” Christos J. Palios considers the humble tabletop aesthetic possibilities that many of us nourish and entertain ourselves. increase. Or struggled — during the state’s “stay home and stay healthy” order.

Elsewhere, Megan Crandall creates an accurate aggregate from everyday objects, and Daniel Kennel’s self-portrait fuses her body into her studio apartment. This condition resonates with the person who isolated the solo in a small space.

You may have felt isolated and strange for the past year. But these pictures are a reminder that you weren’t alone.

Until August 12th. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave., Seattle; Freedom; 206-720-7222,

Watch Now: Functional Art by Queer Ceramists

If you rarely leave your apartment for more than a year, it’s worth a chunky handmade mug. On a pandemic morning, I warmed my feet and awakened my brain with a homemade latte in a cup covered with wavy lines like a fanfetti.

A work from Ashley Corpuz Campbell at The Beige Motel, a small lot of drinkware in the entire northwest and (of course) Brooklyn, an Instagram-enabled gateway to gorgeous and functional art from a local pottery maker.

To get a glimpse of this world off the screen, check out the annual ceramic show “Queerand Dear” at Saltstone Ceramics, an art and pottery studio where Campbell is the instructor and gallery coordinator. The show’s spotlight is from a ceramist identified as a queer across the country.

This year, Texas-based curator Courtney Hasman ranges from Grant Edeller’s textured marble tumblers to pottery and theoretical vessels with scribbled words and pictures on bright orange, blue and red splashes. , A collection of colorful assortments. They are like cheeky margin notes for your morning coffee. There are also asymmetric pitchers, gold-spotted platters, delicate bowls and jars, and even plates adorned with stunning animals. Mark Vanderheide’s sheep and turtles appear to occur when they cross Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” Eye emoji and Shaun the Sheep.

“Queerand Dear” is a popular saltstone show that sells the work of local artists at affordable prices. If you don’t usually think of drinkwear as art, you’ll change your mind.

Until July 31st. Saltstone Ceramics, 2206 N. 45th St., Seattle; Freedom; 206-632-0826,

Put it on your calendar: SAM’s abstract expressionist masterpiece

When the pandemic closed the art space and emptied the gallery, the Seattle Art Museum was a gift from the personal collections of 20th-century Abstract Expressionists and European masterpieces, the late Medina philanthropists Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang. Overturned the trend with a major acquisition of.

The gift announcement had another good news for Seattle art lovers. Newly donated works will also be on display at SAM in the fall, including works by well-known artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell.

Now we know exactly when. “Frisson: Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis Collection” will be on display at SAM from October 15th. This exhibition is named after “Frisson, the excitement that arises from his deep connection with art.” The SAM news release explains. Includes 18 paintings, 2 sculptures and 1 drawing. 17 artists including Francis Bacon, Lee Krasner and Alberto Giacometti will be attending.

“Frison” also includes two paintings that Langs had previously given to SAM, a portrait of Richard E. Lang of Alice Neel and a portrait of Jane Lang Davis of Andy Warhol.

“It’s thrilling to share these formidable examples of Abstract Expressionism and post-war European art with the general public,” said Catharina Manchanda, curator of contemporary art at SAM, in a news release. “The emotional flow of these works reflects their particular time and context, from vibrant to meditative, intense to soaring.”

The entire Langs collection is worth about $ 400 million, according to a third-party quote from Sotheby’s.


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