"You know what I shall die of? I shall die of eating an unwashed grape one day out on the ocean...And I’ll be buried at sea sewn up in a clean white sack and dropped overboard — at noon — in the blaze of summer — and into an ocean...."
Nikki McClure career retrospective. I love her super-precise papercuts and how they show motion. There’s a ton of her work and it’s neat to see how it’s improved yet kept the same themes and style. Her 2013 calendar is available in the gift shop. This is the artist I went to see.
Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art. I had no idea this was its own fine art form. Pictures don’t do it justice, and seeing all of the works together helped me understand the subtle differences in styles, materials and themes. There are many more shapes than the baskets on their website. Very cool!
BAM Biennial. The theme is art made in any type of fiber, fabric, cardboard, etc. I found it chaotic and difficult to jump between the mindsets of so many artists and mediums. But, I did find some beautiful and powerful pieces.
* Bonus! The gift shop is rad. They have some cool christmas ornaments, artsy christmas/greeting cards and other neat tchotkes.
This was our first visit to BAM and I was impressed with the building’s architecture. It’s sandwiched sort of between the mall and Lincoln Square. A nice cultural escape in the middle of downtown Bellevue.