Put a Bird on It

Ken Burton at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center

(October 13, 2016) Sometimes pictures draw us in for reasons that are hard to explain. The unthinking attraction they induce is sort of like what Liz Lemon on 30 Rock was describing...

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What Lies Beneath

Becky Evans at Piante Gallery

(September 29, 2016) "Turf Spiral" occupies the front room of Humboldt-based land artist Becky Evans' new show Water Lines at Piante Gallery. It makes an impression there — it's not what you...

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Ocean Views

Woodcut prints by Tom Killion at Reese Bullen

(September 8, 2016) In McWay Rocks Big Sur (2013), we view the scene from on high — lean in and a twinge of vertigo might seize you. The diagonally oriented composition yields a...

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24-hour Arty People

Photographs at F Street Foto Gallery

(September 1, 2016) This solstice, 24 Eureka photographers came together to document the day's passage for 24 Hours, 24 Photographers. Humboldt State University photojournalism professor (and freelance photographer for the Journal) Mark Larson,...

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Marley's Ghosts

At Reggae on the River, visions of Bob and Mary Jane

(August 18, 2016) Dare we consider a festival under the banner of visual art? Reader, in 2016, I think we must. This week let's consider the notable sights from last week's Reggae...

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Content Management

Humboldt Collects at the Morris Graves

(August 4, 2016) Asher and Ellis Russo's collection of poultry wishbones looks like a series of spider-fine, upside-down capital Ys, hung neatly in order from small to large on parallel wires. It is...

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Thinking globally, looking locally

(July 7, 2016) Now that it's July, the farmers market has reached max volume and we've got the full scale of summer fruits and vegetables on our collective mind. I'm going to say...

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Cuts Like a Knife

Brooke Holve at Morris Graves Museum of Art

(June 30, 2016) An early work of language art by Jenny Holzer reads: "With all the holes in you already there's no reason to define the outside environment as alien." Sebastopol-based artist Brooke Holve's...

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Humboldt Video Roundup

Local YouTube art on your couch

(June 9, 2016) I know: The timing is counter-intuitive. Summer is supposed to be the season for doing things outdoors: swimming at the river, hiking, fishing and biking. But without detracting one...

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You Have Seen Their Faces

J. Raymond Mireles' Neighbors documents Eurekans

(June 2, 2016) Eurekans, get ready for your close-up. San Diego-based documentary photographer J. Raymond Mireles will be making portraits of people at various locations in and around Eureka on June 3. He's...

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Twirling Toward Freedom

Gina Tuzzi and friends at the Sanctuary

(May 12, 2016) "My artist's statement is a mixtape," Gina Tuzzi said. The paintings in her show Dance Hall Days at the Sanctuary this month are Valentines to the music that defined her...

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The Force is Strong with This One

Star Wars art at MM POPup Gallery Cower before Krissy Claw-See's collage "Chibi Ewok Dares You to Say it To His Face." Courtesy of the artist

(May 5, 2016) What exactly is a POP-up gallery? Well, think about the legendary Scottish village Brigadoon, which only appeared for one day every 100 years. Malia Penhall and Matt Jackson's MM POPup...

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Cult Following

Tripper Dungan and mail art at the Sanctuary

(April 7, 2016) Portland-based painter Tripper Dungan likes UFOs, aliens and other subjects of pop conspiracy. A slew of his small, irregularly shaped paintings are scattered at rakish angles around the Sanctuary's comfortable,...

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String Theory

Natalie Craig and Marilyn Andrews at Piante

(March 31, 2016) It is possible to look right through the surfaces of Natalie Craig's mixed media paintings, admiring their airy architecture. They are multi-layered, like baklava or Jenga. Inside the laminate...

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HSU painters at the Westhaven Center for the Arts

(March 10, 2016) Approached through fog and driving rain one recent afternoon, the unassuming Westhaven Center for the Arts rose out of the mist like a rustic scholar's retreat. Inside, a colorful blitz...

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