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This week in art news: head sculptor, church architecture, and more!

Burning Love Tatiana Garmendia’s Gorgeous Art Can’t Be Contained in Mere JPEGs

I rarely go to Patricia Cameron Gallery, and I was walking by it on the street the other day, not intending to go in, when Patricia Cameron smiled graciously and waved to me, and her kindness made me feel even guiltier, because even though the art hadn’t looked great in the JPEGs I saw online, the concept of the show interested me, and I felt frustrated all over again about not having time for everything, and I shuffled in dutifully—and the JPEGs were wrong. Dead wrong. Tatiana Garmendia has made some of the most gorgeous things. The main subjects of the exhibition are her erotic drawings that are burned into paper, not drawn on, using a tool that’s like a pen, but on fire. She paints between the burn lines in pastel watercolor, in a process she describes as cooling the heat of the burns. You can almost hear sizzling.– Jen Graves, The Stranger | November 27, 2013

Family reviving the sounds of Seattle rocker Dave Lewis

2022387716“Dave Lewis, a Seattle African-American musician who strongly influenced the blues-drenched music of the early ’60s “Northwest sound,” will be celebrated with a tribute from his musician son and grandson Saturday.

In the late ’50s and early ’60s, instrumental rock ’n’ roll bands shook, rattled and rolled their way through West Coast dance halls, with the “Northwest sound” of such bands as The Wailers (“Tall Cool One”) central to this vibrant, pre-Beatles scene.

An African-American musician who strongly influenced the blues-drenched music of these white rock groups — and who also popularized the whir of the Hammond B-3 organ in Seattle — was Dave Lewis. Though Lewis had several regional radio hits — “Little Green Thing,” “David’s Mood,” “J.A.J.” — he never broke out nationally and is largely unknown to younger generations.” – Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times | December 3, 2013 | Photo by Dean Rutz

Visual Ritualism: Monoprints Dot Korean Artist’s Memory

Eunice-Kim-Tessellation-Monoprint-COPYRIGHT-SYMBOL-2013-Eunice-Kimx“At a cursory glance, Eunice Kim’s prints are a convergence of soothing dots, arranged in various patterns. However, the aesthetic interplays in the collagraphs are, according to Kim, both individual and collective—dualisms of “structure and chance.”

The prints were part of Kim’s New Collagraph Monoprints exhibition, which was on display at Davidson Galleries last month. While the exhibit is closed, Kim’s works continue to be available for viewing at the gallery by request.

Kim, a designer and illustrator, said her works are informed by her memories, particularly of a childhood in Korea. Kim’s collagraphs are rhythmic and patient and conjure the ritual and meditation of repetition.” – Mihn Nguyen, International Examiner | November 20, 2013 | Image by Eunice Kim

Fay Jones’ awkwardly magical, mysterious paintings

“Washington painter Fay Jones’ new exhibition at Grover/Thurston Gallery is full of her trademark tension and surreal settings. Showing through Dec. 21, 2013.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Fay Jones — who is practically an icon in the Seattle art world — makes awkward paintings. Many admirers, of which I am one, write about the flatness of her figures or the ambiguity of their emotions or situations. And those things are true, but the simple fact is that her gorgeous paintings and prints are filled with clunky, awkward renderings, almost like sketches by a seventh-grader who is pretty good at art.” – Gayle Clemens, The Seattle Times | November 29, 2013

Charles Parrish Is Looking at Your Head

lineup-parrish-570You’re a sculptor of heads. Your living room at home is full of heads you’ve made. Who are they? Let’s see. Down the line, there’s Leonardo da Vinci, Desmond Tutu, Albert Einstein, Beethoven. Ah, here’s Edwin T. Pratt. A Native American. Michael Jordan, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Queen, John Stanford, Van Carvinton, George Washington. Here’s a portrait of myself. Um, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s see now, one called Black Southerner, Forest Whitaker, one called Penetrating Eyes, Benjamin Banneker, Inigo Jones, John F. Kennedy, Ken Griffey Sr., John J. Oliver, one called Black Character. Mike Dillard, you know, of the department store in the South? This one is Architectural-Geometrical Portrait. That there is Old and Lonely. Michelangelo, Jimmy Carter, Karl Marx, and Malcolm X. And one more—who is that? I can’t think. Oh. Lawrence Welk.” -Jen Graves, The Stranger | December 4, 2013 | Photo by Kelly O

Inspiring Architecture of Seattle Churches

“Some of Seattle’s most spectacular architecture can be found in local churches, but those among us who go to church—perhaps only at this time of year—rarely explore beyond the familiar. A new book makes clear what a shame this is by showcasing the tremendous diversity found in church design. Inspired: Churches of Seattle, by Rick Grant (Documentary Media; $34.95), takes readers inside 52 area churches (including a few on the Eastside) and offers a brief history of each. But the real stars here are the shots by Seattle photographer Lara Swimmer, which show just how dazzling the interiors can be.” – Brangien Davis, Seattle Mag | December 2013

Community Launches Capital Campaign To Save Black Radio Station

“Rev. Ruth Saunders and Rev. Kittie Ward are spearheading a capital campaign to raise money in order to save the only African American owned and operated radio stations in Washington state.

According to Chris H. Bennett, chairman of Kris Bennett Broadcasting, the Z-Twins radio stations (1420 AM KRIZ, 1560 AM KZIZ, and 1620 AM KYIZ) could close its doors if the company cannot raise enough money by Dec. 31, 2013 to satisfy a balloon payment on a bank loan that has been called by the lender”. – Seattle Medium | December 4, 2013

Selected upcoming events around Seattle

December 5 | Lolita, Slave to Entertainment | Admiral Theatre

December 5 | Unacceptable Levels | Harvard Exit

December 7 | Dave Lewis Revue | Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

December 7-8 | Urban Craft Uprising| Seattle Center

December 8 | Open Studios | Inscape Arts

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