There are a number of interesting shows opening tonight in Pioneer Square. At SOIL, Ben Hirschkoff, Matt Mitros, Jodi Rockwell, Toi Sennhauser and Jason Wood respond to the architectural peculiarities of the gallery space. While the rest of us are getting soiled, Shaun Kardinal—Seattle’s reigning king of existential exhibitionism—will be freshening up in in the backspace.
At Gallery 4 Culture, W. Scott Trimble continues “an ongoing body of work exploring the idea of pathway as metaphor.” I am reminded of his exquisite installation that transformed Crawl Space into an architectural dream world in 2006.
On the lighter side, Punch Gallery‘s Joanna Thomas presents new collages that combine postcard ephemera with playful double entendre and a hint of feminism. Here she takes on the phallic fascination of the Eiffel Tower (endowing Napoleon relatively generously, if you ask me.)
Just a note: the event scheduled for tonight at Grey Gallery and Lounge in Capitol Hill has been postponed due to the flooding on I-5. The opening of Joseph Arnegger’s Wayfare, an exhibition of paintings based on memories of American roadside ephemera, will be rescheduled for next Thursday, January 15. (While you’re there, of course, you’ll also be seeing my show Eternal Return, which runs through Feb. 10 and received a generous nod yesterday from Regina Hackett on the Seattle P-I’s Art To Go.)