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In addition to gallery and curatorial experience, Carrie Scott is also a freelance art critic. Please enjoy this archive of essays from the past few years.

2009

Make Believe
Exhibition Essay - September 2009
Tim Roda has something that many emerging artists don’t – three boys under the age of 11 and a burgeoning marriage. And, because he has made them the content of his theatrically staged photographs for more than half a decade, Roda’s work is also something of an anomaly. Continue reading...

2008

Picture This, Purplish
Exhibition Essay - October 2008
McMakin would certainly love the way a purple motorcycle so directly illustrates how loaded color is in our culture and how identity and color go hand in hand, because for him Purplish suggests how intrinsically but awkwardly color is tied to our identities. Continue reading...

2007

Vermillion Gallery: Distinctly Adorned
Seattle Weekly - November 06, 2007
Vermillion has developed a program that is quite distinct from other galleries' in town. Between its last show—a brilliant, though overlooked, showcase of photography by Portland-based advertising legend Jim Riswold—and this month's strong group of drawings, Vermillion's focus on narrative art has made for a dramatic debut. Continue reading...

Susie J. Lee’s Unromantic Emotions Spill Over Lawrimore
Seattle Weekly - October 09, 2007
Don't let the ridiculous press release steer you away from seeing Susie Jungune Lee's upcoming show at Lawrimore Project. (It's marked by pompous headings like "The Best Artist's Statement Ever" and "Oh, You Want More Hyperbole Than That?") Though Lee only graduated from the University of Washington in 2006, her work is anything but ingenuous, a far cry from arrogant, and definitely worth experiencing. Continue reading...

Kent Baer’s Side Project Is as Impressive as It Is Elusive
Seattle Weekly - September 18, 2007
Unlike many young galleristas who aspire to one day own their very own white cube, Kent Baer is pursuing an idea that's more hands-on and more unusual. In an age of digital everything, Baer's unlikely venture is a printing press. And though it may sound archaic, there's actually nothing outdated about what Baer is up to. Continue reading...

Fall Visual Arts Picks
Seattle Weekly - September 18, 2007
While curator Robin Held has been pushing the limits of the Frye's mission for several years now, perhaps no exhibit will compel dialogue around the parameters of representational art more than Patricia Piccinini's upcoming show of recent work, "Hug." Continue reading...

Checkout Time
Seattle Weekly - September 12, 2007
Next week, the Bridge Motel just off Aurora in Fremont will be destroyed by a wrecking ball. But before it dies, it will host a happening. Yes, an art happening, just like the 1950s performative-multidisciplinary thing that seldom made sense but was billed as art. Continue reading...

Culture Shot
Seattle Weekly - September 05, 2007
When Hugo Ludeña moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1993 he felt the disconnect between Latinos and the rest of the city so palpably, he was driven to action. He picked up his camera and set about capturing for the rest of us the rich landscape of Seattle’s Latino life. Continue reading...

911 Retrospective Quietly Traces Gary Hill's Development as a Pioneer in Video Art
Seattle Weekly - August 14, 2007
Gary Hill's arguably one of the biggest art stars in Seattle (up there next to Chihuly). And yet his opening last week at 911 Media Arts Center didn't receive much attention. Continue reading...

Ignored by Scenesters, Viveza Is Where First-Time Collectors Find Freshly Minted Artists
Seattle Weekly - July 24, 2007
Seldom do art dealers pluck from the eager pool of students who graduate each spring with art degrees in hand. It's simply not a safe bet for business... And yet Viveza, the four-year-old but still relatively unknown gallery in Belltown, has taken this gamble twice. Continue reading...

Bill Fontana's New Sculpture at Western Bridge Is Barely Visual
Seattle Weekly - June 26, 2007
Bill Fontana, a living legend in the field of sound art, has installed a sculpture that has, almost literally, no visual components.. Continue reading...

Masters in Miniature
Seattle Weekly - June 05, 2007
Some Space is turning two walls of a frame shop into Pioneer Square's most exciting display case. Continue reading...

The New Seattle Art Museum Joins Multiple Worlds
Seattle Weekly - May 15, 2007
You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone complaining about the Seattle Art Museum's sparkling new expansion. Continue reading...

Paul Rucker's Work Requires No M.F.A. to Appreciate
Seattle Weekly - April 24, 2007
What happens when a musician turns to art objects? What about the man who knows he wants to create a unique musical experience for an audience but hasn't built a sculpture before? Continue reading...

Shop Lifter
Seattle Weekly - April 03, 2007
OKOK makes art and merchandise a beautiful combination. Continue reading...

2006

Theory #100ASA: The Camera Doesn't Lie but If It Does, I Don't Care
Visual Codec - October 1, 2006
Truth is tricky. Or as Hollywood film producer Robert Evans perfectly said, "There are three sides to every story: Your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying." Continue reading...

Diary of an Affair
Visual Codec - October 1, 2006
I've always wondered whether the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel was any good. It's most likely just a glorified party, I've thought to myself, a really busy art opening where seeing the art is near to impossible. Turns out, I was totally wrong. Continue reading...

Porta-Photo
The Stranger - September 13, 2006
Tomiko Jones's Landscapes presentation was a bare, brazen, and graceful engagement with complicated photographic territory. The gambit worked. Continue reading...

Theory #500,000: For $500,000 I Could Have Done That
Visual Codec - August 1, 2006
With art in this epic age of mechanical reproduction, it's the idea that's most remarkable and valued; it's the concept that matters most. Lately, however, even I've been left wondering — exactly what are the implications of this kind of structure? Continue reading...

Theory #12345: On Dirty, Pretty Things
Visual Codec - July 1, 2006
So much art these days consists of a happily balanced combination of clean fantasy and dirty realism, the cute measured in equally with the grit. Continue reading...

And the Galleries Marched in Two by Two
Visual Codec - May 1, 2006
PUNCH, the newest artist-run gallery to open on Prefontaine Place, debuts with a show cleverly titled Round One. Displaying work by four of their eight members — yes the next show, Round Two, will boast the art of the other four — PUNCH has made a strong first appearance. Both the space and the art are refined. Continue reading...

Paradise, Once Removed
Visual Codec - April 1, 2006
Like most of Neshat's video work, Tooba is, in a word, captivating... On one end of the room, the projection shows a woman enveloped by the tree; her still and peaceful body fits perfectly into the graying truck, her hands like knots in the bark, her body a shadow. Continue reading...

ConWorks: A Year Later
Visual Codec - March 1, 2006
Almost exactly one year after the board at Consolidated Works dismissed the art space's Founding Director, Matthew Richter, the doors to the South Lake Union warehouse have opened once again in earnest. Continue reading...

Portrait of a Family Snapshot
Visual Codec - February 1, 2006
The photograph is of a family. A child is in the corner and a man, presumably his father, rests at his wife's bedside. A cat sits on the bed cleaning itself. The scene is not unusual. It might be a cliché, a typically sad family portrait wherein something is going terribly wrong. Continue reading...

2005

The Art of the Stars
The Stranger - Dec 1 – Dec 7, 2005
UW's DXARTS Is Recognized by the World but Ignored by Seattle. Continue reading...

A Sea of Change
The Stranger - Oct 6 – Oct 12, 2005
A few hours after Sea Level opened it was stepped on. Though that is hardly unusual for contemporary art, Christine Wallers's sculpture shouldn't be hard to miss. Continue reading...