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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | June – August, 2012

By Allyn Cantor

LORETTA BENNETT: QUILTS Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, May 17-Jun 30 A fifth-generation Alabama quilter, Loretta Bennett is one of the youngest to work in the Gee’s Bend style of hand stitching. The unique region of Gee’s Bend has produced exceptional innovative quilts made from everyday materials like jeans and flour bags that have been re-purposed into patchwork designs that evade the grid in their expressive geometry. Bennett has travelled widely overseas and nationally with her husband who was in the Army. Her individual quilts fuse personal travel experiences with tradition and family history.

ROY MCMAKIN: I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE IN THE POTENTIAL TO EXPRESS HOPE AND SORROW THROUGH FURNITURE Western Bridge, Seattle, Apr 27-Jul 28 Known for innovative furniture and design concepts that blur boundaries between function, art and life, Roy McMakin’s new show has a more autobiographical viewpoint. His signature play on formal aspects of furniture into realms of the emotional, humorous or irrational is conveyed in new sculpture, furniture, photographs, video and drawings, as well as a selection of pieces that span his career. Western Bridge, which was designed by McMakin, is a wholly suitable venue for pushing the personal potential of his witty artworks.

MAR GOMAR Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, Jun 8-Jul 8 Mar Goman’s mixed-media artworks run the gamut from collage, sculpture, books and assemblages to installations that contain highly personal and, at times, deeply emotional narratives. The Portland artist uses familiar, mundane, and often found materials and ephemera to create a spiritual weight that reflects the darker side of the soul, invisible wounds and a process of self-discovery. Her tactile pieces, grounded by the warmth of a distinct hand-made aesthetic, incorporate elements of painting and embroidery with images and text.

GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS: THE ANDREWS SHAKER COLLECTION Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Jul 11-Oct 28 Organized by, and first exhibited at the Hancock Shaker village in Massachusetts, this broad collection of over 200 objects includes iconic examples of furniture, traditional textiles and baskets, kitchen implements and other humble household objects used by the Shaker religious community. Originally collected from the 1920s to the 1960s by Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, objects from this communal Christian sect were made for their own use, and many of the clean, simple designs, innovative joinery and unique construction methods have inspired modern designers.

PHOTOGRAPHIC WANDERINGS Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Aug 2-Sep 2 Sherry Karver, David W. Simpson, Christopher Harris and Peter de Lory go beyond their usual artistic framework in pieces that convey a general notion of “wandering”. Karver’s Surveillance Series alludes to the disintegration between private and public in images taken from Internet webcams. Simpson’s skeletal billboard imagery was shot in Mexico, Harris photographed street discards in Idaho, and de Lory’s roadside images of the stark Nevada desert all evoke an acute awareness of unusual surroundings.

Loretta Bennett
Loretta Bennett

Roy McMakin
Roy McMakin

Mar Gomar
Mar Gomar

Shaker furniture
Shaker furniture

David W. Simpson
David W. Simpson

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