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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | September–October 2011

By Allyn Cantor

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN: WITHIN AND BEYOND THE PREMISES Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Sep 24-Dec 30 The long career of Carolee Schneemann is the subject of this retrospective of paintings, drawings, video, photographs, installations and writings by this highly-regarded artist. Known for experimental performance-art explorations of the human body, sexuality, death, illness, atrocities and social taboos, her investigations pushed beyond limitations of the forbidden to challenge and disturb comfort zones.

LUMINOUS: THE ART OF ASIA Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Oct 13-Jan 8 Following a successful tour of Japan, SAM presents this selection of its own Asian Art collection for the first time in a major downtown Seattle exhibit. The comprehensive display stimulates dialogue on the enduring beauty and vitality of the Asian aesthetic. Notable treasures include Chinese bronzes, Japanese lacquers, Korean ceramics, and South Asian sculpture along with modern paintings, ceramics and photography. Korean artist Do Ho Suh will create a site-specific video installation to draw connections between the art works.

MICHAEL BROPHY: NEW WORK G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Sep 1-Oct 8 Portland artist Michael Brophy is known for his large-scale oil paintings that address the interaction of humanity with nature, focusing on how pristine landscape has been negatively impacted. His realist approach, often based on personal experience, pays homage to the traditions of painting. Works from his new series (shown with those of wildlife artist Justin Gibbens) are narratives of paradoxical and ironic events, such as his recent attempt to view a meteor shower in the dead of night while surrounded by a group of people whose faces were illuminated by the eerie glow of their smart phones.

GARY OLIVEIRA: HALF LIFE Gallery 110, Seattle, Sep 1-24 The tension that lies within the potentiality of a moment is of foremost interest to Gary Oliveira. Produced during stretches of time living in Japan, his photographic works explore concepts of stillness and motion through the lens of an outsider. Those midpoints that await outcomes, are referred to as “half life” moments. They contain potential for conclusions to unfold and give Oliveira’s contemplative imagery a subtle narrative of capturing a story's point just before it reaches its crest.

STUDIES: PREPARATORY WORKS THAT STAND ALONE Prographica/fine works on paper, Seattle, Sep 17-Oct 22 Preparatory studies for larger works or works that stand alone as a result of studio process define this exhibition by gallery artists. Kim Frohsin and Ann Gale work directly from models to capture movement, personality and psychological attributes. Landscape painter Philip Govedare often paints on site, whereas Sally Cleveland's collage marks a departure into non-objective work. Oil-on-photograph studies by Randy Hayes are from his Kyoto Views series and works by Jim Holl interpret landscape elements in expressive lyrical compositions. The preparatory stage for Tim Lowly's complex paintings includes drawing and photography which carry much of the emotional weight for his finished pieces.

Carolee Schneemann
Carolee Schneemann

Luminous
Luminous

Michael Brophy
Michael Brophy

Gary Oliveira
Gary Oliveira

Studies
Studies

 Mon, Sep 5, 2011