Tapping into Wire

Elizabeth Berrien expands her Wire Zoo

(March 9, 2017) Elizabeth Berrien makes sculpture from tensile wire, crimping, twisting and winding silvery filaments around a central void. Her gossamer sculptures take the forms of living things — mostly animals and...

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Low Life and High Times

Jesse Wiedel's paintings at Black Faun

(March 2, 2017) Jesse Wiedel paints moments when the down-home, corn-pone, howl-at-the-moon strain of crazy that burbles beneath the placid surface of Humboldt life rears its head. And he owns the niche. The...

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Private Icons

Luke Forsyth and Molly Schaeffer at the Sanctuary

(February 9, 2017) A visual journal and a scattering of open letters kick off the Sanctuary's 2017 exhibition season. Concurrent exhibitions by Luke Forsyth and Molly Schaeffer provide a chance to contemplate...

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Reality Show

Transgender journeys at HSU Third Street Gallery

(February 2, 2017) Humboldt State University's Third Street Gallery takes on the topic of transgender identity with two concurrent exhibitions running through March 5. One features New York-based Lorenzo Triburgo's photographic portraits...

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Winter Break Walking Tour

Art in the HSU library

(January 12, 2017) Winter break in a college town is a good time to seek out exhibition spaces that may fly under the radar during busier times. This month, I revisit the art...

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Crossing the Tracks

With Paul Rickard at the Morris Graves

(January 5, 2017) Paul Rickard's early morning painting expeditions favor the intrepid. "I like to go out painting before dawn," he told me. "I end up scrambling down past the No Trespassing signs....

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Studio Space

On the walls and easels at StewART

(December 8, 2016) If you missed the annual open studio event at Arcata's StewART studio spaces last week featured new and in-progress paintings, prints and drawings by Carol Andersen, Joyce Jonté, Patricia Sennott,...

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High Tech, Hands On

Photographic prints by Suk Choo Kim at Black Faun Gallery

(December 1, 2016) Suk Choo Kim's solo show at Black Faun Gallery represents a reckoning with the past. The large-format photographic images presented here resolve a project that began 40 years ago as...

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The Traditionalist

George Blake's retrospective at the Gou'dini Native American Arts Gallery

(November 10, 2016) Artist George Blake has used needles finer than a hair's breadth to sew brightly colored songbird feathers into intricate patterns. He has strung bows, carved elk antlers into traditional...

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The Dirty Canteen

A Veterans' art collective at CR

(November 3, 2016) A ceramic mug rests in an anonymous space on a flat white surface. The mug inhabits the shot. We get to eyeball its glazed surface for approximately 1.5 seconds before...

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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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