Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blitz on Capitol Hill

I popped out for a minute to check out Capitol Hill's artwalk. The highlight for me was Vermillion. Diana is showing paintings by Ann Duffy. I love Ann's hyper-realistic photos of urban streets and highways. Where she really sings though is her ability to capture light. You can feel the smog (burning forests?) in her pictures of California. When looking at a picture of the Greyhound Station on Denny, you can almost see the sunset. As I was googling for a link to her website, I see that Gayle Clemans just published a nice review of Ann's show today.

print by Randal Owen Hutchinson

And in the back hallway, Diana is showing Randal Owen Hutchinson's Manifest Destiny prints. Juxtaposing familiar quirky landmarks with new urban buildings behind them, Randal creates images of a possible future for Seattle. 

Due to their cityscape natures, the two artists work plays off each other really well. In fact, both included a pink elephant car-wash sign.

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