Joey Veltkamp’s Guide to First Thursday Art Walk: October 7, 2010

The openings you don't want to miss at the most popular Art Walk around the Sound.

Attraction, detail by Curtis Erlinger

Rendered Invisible by Curtis Erlinger / PUNCH Gallery: Continuing to mine his parent's photo archives, PUNCH artist Curtis Erlinger recreates the poignant (and mundane) imagery of his parents' lives. The familial snapshots are passed down to the next generation, where they've been re-imagined as intimate, fuzzy drawings.


Holding On by John Bankston

John Bankston & Amy Blakemore / James Harris Gallery: The bright colors, bold and expressive lines and simple narratives have made John Bankston an artist's favorite. The show is comprised of three ceramic pieces and nine paintings, each telling a different part of a larger story. Amy Blakemore has a show of new work. These photos feel almost voyeuristic, as if we have accidentally stumbled upon photos we shouldn’t, and yet can't look away.


All Ball by Deborah Butterfield

Arc of Picasso / Greg Kucera Gallery: Before the Picasso onslaught begins (this Friday at Seattle Art Museum), come see the Arc of Picasso through the lens of contemporary Northwest artists. Some reflections are obvious, such as Deborah Butterfield's steel sculptures or Matthew Offenbacher's beautiful drawings that pick up where Picasso left off. Other inclusions are more oblique, such as Gretchen Bennett's engaging strip of homemade tape and Isaac Layman's alluring photo of jumbled cords. It will make a great entry point for folks who are unfamiliar with Picasso's work. And not all of us have seen his work in person because despite being arguably the most important artist of the 20th century, he's barely been shown here in Seattle.


Portrait of Dora Maar by Pablo Picasso

Picasso / Seattle Art Museum: Speaking of Picasso, Seattle Art Museum's exhibition opens this Friday (October 8). Yes, there's lots of hype but with good reason. The 150 works in this show come from the Musée National Picasso in Paris (temporarily closed for renovations). Picasso himself set aside these pieces as his best. And there is work from nearly every period of his prolific career. Yes, there might be long lines. Yes, it's a bit pricey. But you should definitely go, or else you're going to be kicking yourself later.


Xintai Highway Sunset Explosion by Timothy Siciliano

Dongguan Highways Hot Pink by Timothy Siciliano / Catherine Person Gallery: I highly recommend checking out Tim Siciliano's show before it closes this Saturday. It's not just an exhibit, it moves into the realm of an experience. As you enter the gallery, you notice the soft glow of from pink lanterns reflecting off the pink frames. Japanese pop music surrounds you as absorb the imagery in the paintings: impaled animals and people spurting pink liquids, sexual sadism, and consumerism all blur together in one day-glo explosion of agony/ecstacy.


Other things happening downtown this Thursday...

Participating artist John Osgood's A Developed Character

24 hour painting marathon! / COCA (in the former Elliott Bay Bookstore space)

Erin Shafkind / Gallery 40

6th Annual Open House / TK Lofts


  City Arts’ Best Of Walk Awards will be held at Vito's on First Hill tomorrow, October 7 at 8:30pm. Stop by to cast your vote for the finalist you think should take home $500. Guest judges are Jessica Powers, curator for Hedreen Gallery, and artist Matt Browning.