Saturday, January 29, 2011

Seattle artists in the news

Just in case you missed them, here is a round-up of a some recent reviews about local artists.

Ruby Heart Temple by Mandy Greer
image via Roq La Rue

The Seattle Times wrote a nice article about Mandy Greer's show Honey and Lightning at Roq La Rue. If you haven't seen it yet, you only have until Feb 5.

THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (after DFL), 2010
by Vic Haven (image via Greg Kucera Gallery)

New American Paintings blog did a nice piece about Vic Haven's concurrent Seattle and Portland exhibitions. Prior to these shows, Vic's work always seem to live outside of a physical region but there's something comforting in seeing them anchored to the Northwest.


Without Tiers, 2009, by Grant Barnhart
image via Ambach & Rice

The Oregonian reviewed PNCA's show Between My Head and My Hand, There Is Always the Face of Death, curated by Kristan Kennedy. The show includes work by Gerhard Richter, Amy Bessone, Kaye Donachie, Norbert Schwontkowski, Elena Pankov and Seattle artist Grant Barnhart. I don't think I'll have time to make it down which is a shame because it sounds really great.
This move toward "dis-figuration" underlines the show in several works, pointedly suggesting that, in the shrinking world of globalism, the body's inability to be everywhere-at-once makes it antiquated and limiting, like so much dead weight. Here, painted bodies endure grotesque mutations, fragmentation, even erasure. Seattle painter Grant Barhart's figures are an uneasy mix of funny and frightening.

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