First Thursday: Seattle, WA – Dec. 2nd, 2010

Seattle’s First Thursday is massive; here are some selections from some galleries we regularly enjoy. And, can I just say? Seattle is really rockin and rollin this month, with tons of really excellent and innovative exhibitions. We just did the post for Portland’s First Thursday, and Seattle’s is making Portland’s look like child’s play.


james harris gallery

Don’t mind Maki Tamura; she’s just killing it, as always. She just knows all too well how to incorporate vintage imagery and intricate, lace-like detail into her mixed media works. Her precision is wonderful, and her works have evolved to become more brilliantly composed than ever. This show also features an installation by Tamura. She deserves her own post. It will come soon.


greg kucera gallery

Chris Engman creates sculptures, often from found industrial objects, and photographs them. The pictures say it all, and all of these prints are limited edition.


flatcolor gallery

Seattle street artist Baso Fibonacci gets busy with his solo show. There isn’t a preview on Flatcolor Gallery’s website just yet, but it’ll be a good one.

foster white gallery

David Alexander’s pencil and paper works.

rock dement

I’m not entirely sure what this gallery is about, but this is a group show of “mixfixed” toys, and hell, the show is called Frippery, Bibelot, and a little sugar for the homeless. Like, seriously, it’s a benefit show. See the flyer.

punch gallery

Mark Koven is going to have a multi-disciplinary installation featuring new media works that will somehow find a way to incorporate all of the following: “science and sociology converged with sculpture, physical computing, film, photography, sound and performance.” This is an installation that needs to be seen to be understood. Here’s more quotes from Punch Gallery about it:

“… he takes inspiration from the life of the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Falling into the Sky focuses on the “essential” as experienced through the merging of a child and adult’s perspectives. Utilizing such materials as bubbles, sound, electronics and wind turbines, the work in the exhibition will also highlight Koven’s fascination with the natural and manmade facets of flight. Included in the exhibition is an interactive piece titled Draw me a Sheep. This work recalls the moment in Le Petit Prince when the main character of the book and the downed aviator first meet. As he approaches the pilot, he asks, “Draw me a Sheep.” What follows in the book is a dialogue that speaks towards Ferdinand de Saussure’s philosophy on Semiotics. As with their conversation, so happens with the voice recognition software in the piece, it listens but makes mistakes transcribing what is actually spoken.”


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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