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Borderline Black

I confess: I play favorites. I review my favorite galleries over and over again while ignoring many others. That’s because I’m old and jaded. I’ve been around too long to subject myself to reworked Americana and calendar art and amateurish offerings of whatever stripe. This week I revisited one of my

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The Vanity Show

Ah, The Vanity Show. What chutzpah! Art on Center owners C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg are showing their own paintings to mark the gallery’s second anniversary. This exhibition is an update on Art on Center’s premiere show two years ago, which is especially appropriate since this is slated to

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The Vanity Show

Ah, The Vanity Show. What chutzpah! Art on Center owners C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg are showing their own paintings to mark the gallery’s second anniversary. This exhibition is an update on Art on Center’s premiere show two years ago, which is especially appropriate since this is slated to

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Focus on Jim

Jim Campbell’s show at the Museum of Glass has me stumped. I don’t possess the kind of scientific brain it must take to fully understand or appreciate his message or methods. But I do find the work fascinating. Campbell is an engineer, inventor and video artist. He worked on Francis Ford

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Focus on Jim

Jim Campbell’s show at the Museum of Glass has me stumped. I don’t possess the kind of scientific brain it must take to fully understand or appreciate his message or methods. But I do find the work fascinating. Campbell is an engineer, inventor and video artist. He worked on Francis Ford

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Black on fire

Jennifer Combe’s paintings at The Black Front Gallery are ablaze with color. Anyone who has studied basic color theory knows that temperature is a primary element of color. Blues and greens are cool; reds, yellows and oranges are hot ¾ all due to associations. For instance, we associate red with

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Black on fire

Jennifer Combe’s paintings at The Black Front Gallery are ablaze with color. Anyone who has studied basic color theory knows that temperature is a primary element of color. Blues and greens are cool; reds, yellows and oranges are hot ¾ all due to associations. For instance, we associate red with

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'Survey' says ...

“Stretched Horse,” 2004, concrete and steel, by Mike Moran   ‘Survey’ says ... mike moran’s paintings are the real treasure at the evergreen galleries  / by alec clayton The Mike Moran exhibition continues through March 16 at Evergreen Galleries, Gallery IV in Olympia. The survey of works created between 1982 and 2007 covers the

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'Survey' says ...

“Stretched Horse,” 2004, concrete and steel, by Mike Moran   ‘Survey’ says ... mike moran’s paintings are the real treasure at the evergreen galleries  / by alec clayton The Mike Moran exhibition continues through March 16 at Evergreen Galleries, Gallery IV in Olympia. The survey of works created between 1982 and 2007 covers the

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Vast vocabulary of visual tropes

If you see Ron Hinson’s show at Art on Center Gallery, you might think it is simply a rehash of the show he had there in August 2005. The painted constructions look identical to the ones he showed then. That is, if you don’t look too closely or don’t remember

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Vast vocabulary of visual tropes

If you see Ron Hinson’s show at Art on Center Gallery, you might think it is simply a rehash of the show he had there in August 2005. The painted constructions look identical to the ones he showed then. That is, if you don’t look too closely or don’t remember

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All-star artists

I have issues with the “8th Northwest Biennial” at the Tacoma Art Museum. Now don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a wonderful show featuring an all-star lineup of the best contemporary artists in the Pacific Northwest. It’s just not what I think a regional juried show should be —

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All-star artists

I have issues with the “8th Northwest Biennial” at the Tacoma Art Museum. Now don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a wonderful show featuring an all-star lineup of the best contemporary artists in the Pacific Northwest. It’s just not what I think a regional juried show should be —

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They heart Frida Kahlo

You’ve got to love Frida Kahlo — if not for her art, then for her outrageous sense of style and her superhuman courage. “Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon” at the Tacoma Art Museum is not so much about Kahlo the artist as it is about Kahlo the woman. There are

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They heart Frida Kahlo

You’ve got to love Frida Kahlo — if not for her art, then for her outrageous sense of style and her superhuman courage. “Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon” at the Tacoma Art Museum is not so much about Kahlo the artist as it is about Kahlo the woman. There are

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Full of art

This is the good stuff. Portland artist Jason Greene’s paintings of bottles and jars and bags at the new Black Front Gallery in Olympia. The show is called “Contain” because all of the paintings are of containers of one sort or another. But what these forms contain is virtuoso painting

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Full of art

This is the good stuff. Portland artist Jason Greene’s paintings of bottles and jars and bags at the new Black Front Gallery in Olympia. The show is called “Contain” because all of the paintings are of containers of one sort or another. But what these forms contain is virtuoso painting

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Better juried show

The Second Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition at the Fine Arts Center, South Puget Sound Community College, is far more consistent in quality than the first go-round last year. There’s nothing that really blows me away; it’s all rather typical modernist painting, sculpture and photography. But the overall quality is

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Better juried show

The Second Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition at the Fine Arts Center, South Puget Sound Community College, is far more consistent in quality than the first go-round last year. There’s nothing that really blows me away; it’s all rather typical modernist painting, sculpture and photography. But the overall quality is

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