Three exhibitions that are worth a closer look: 2 of small works and one that’s a little otherworldly. They’re at Vermillion, Gallery 110 and Abmeyer + Wood.
‘The Luminous Garden’
The works in this immersive installation aim to provide an “alien” experience, complete with re-imagined plants and animals. It’s the brainchild of Recreational Art and Magic, the local troupe of fun-loving folks who love “lasers! And painting, and arduinos, and culture hacking, and totally controlled lighting, and giant metal, and pinball machines, and parties.” Sounds like fun to us. Wander through “The Luminous Garden” through Feb. 3, 2017, at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle (vermillionseattle.com).
The group show of small-scale works by Gallery 110 artists features black-and-white documentary photography by Susan Gans, paintings by David Sokal and watercolors by Robert Horton, among others. Each piece is 12 inches or less and is available for purchase and carry out the same day, in case there is an art-lover on your gift list. “Small Works” is on view through Jan. 28, 2017, at Gallery 110, 110 Third Ave. S. Seattle (gallery110.com).
‘MICROCOSM: a selection of small works’
More small works: This group show features an exceptional range of works including graceful oil paintings of birds by Susan Hall; the exquisitely weird ceramics of Erika Sanada; delicate porcelain sculptures depicting the perils of human forces exerted on nature by Crystal Morey; and dramatic mixed-media works on paper by Kymia Nawabi, who, interestingly, was the first-prize winner on season two of Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” “MICROCOSM: a selection of small works” is on view through Jan. 7, 2017, at Abmeyer + Wood, 1210 Second Ave., Seattle (abmeyerwood.com).