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Tuesday 01.04.11

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First Thursday Picks January 2011

Hap Tivey, "Folded Light," installation view

Elizabeth Leach Gallery is beginning their 30th year anniversary programming with Folded Light, a site-specific installation of projected light by Hap Tivey. The installation "is pure, minimal abstraction, utilizing aspects of sculpture and painting...It is an experiential piece, as the projected color changes slowly and imperceptibly, causing the observer to sometimes second-guess their own perception of the space around them."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 6
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

Scott Johnson, "Splinter #2," detail

Continuing the light in winter theme, Chambers@916 presents Incidentals, works in light by Scott Johnson. The body of work "plays with flatness, dimension, and atmosphere by using light as a substance, producing halos on reflective surfaces that evoke such phenomena as light on the horizon, glowing snowdrifts or the corona around the sun during an eclipse." (Full disclosure: This blogger works for Chambers@916.)

Opening reception • 6-8:30pm • January 6
Chambers@916 • 916 NW Flanders • 503.227.9398

Gala Bent, "The Transmogrification Stunt"

The Laura Russo Gallery presents New Views, an exhibition of young Northwest artists featuring Gala Bent, Marcus Gannuscio, Grant Hottle, Rachel Peddersen, Megan Scheminske, and Liz Tran. This impressive collection of work ranges from formalism to abstraction and covers a wide range of media, including ink, graphite, gouache, oil, and acrylic.

Opening reception • 5-8pm • January 6
Laura Russo Gallery • 805 NW 21st • 503.226.2754

Shai Kremer, "Close Trench 'Chicago' Ground Force Training Zone"

Blue Sky Gallery presents Infected Landscape, a series of photographs by Shai Kremer exploring "the lasting effects of the military on the natural environment of Israel and its inhabitants...Kremer takes neither a pro-Israeli nor a pro-Palestinian stand. Rather, he aims to make the point that people are part of the earth, and any wound on the environment is also a wound on the human condition."

Natan Dvir, "Jehad with Friends"

Also at Blue Sky: Natan Dvir's Eighteen, a series of photographs exploring 18-year-old Arabs living in Israel. "Turning 18 is a critical turning point in their young lives: they have finished school, become legal adults, and achieved the right to vote. Yet unlike their Jewish peers, most do not enter military service. They are members of a minority group which comprises more than one-fifth of the nation's population." From the photographer, who was born and raised in Israel: "By photographing and portraying my so-called 'enemy,' I hope to highlight the impact that cultural and internal conflict have had on these young people, personally and collectively."

Opening reception (both shows) • 6-9pm • January 6
Artist talk (Dvir) • 3pm • January 8
Blue Sky Gallery • 122 NW 8th • 503.225.0210

Laura Mackin

Half/Dozen presents Time Enough, an experiment in documentation by Laura Mackin. Mackin sifted through home video footage by a distant relative dating from 1946-2006, editing them into a series of short videos through which she attempts "to distill life-long phenomena into brief, precise, and intense cinematic moments."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 6
Half/Dozen • 625 NW Everett #111 • 503.512.9079

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 04, 2011 at 13:38 | Comments (0)


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