Amongst the many recent changes in the Pioneer Square art scene is the arrival of an ambitious new gallery, Pacini Lubel. The gallery founder, Jerry Slipman, has announced his intention to make contemporary art depicting the figure a central focus of his exhibits. On a recent visit to the gallery, KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, found provocative work representing a wide variety of approaches and techniques.
Rebecca Kardong is a recent graduate of the ceramics department at the University of Washington, one of the strongest such departments in the country. Current and recent faculty members, such as Doug Jecks, Patty Warashina, and Akio Takamori have gained national representations for their offbeat take on the human figure, and Kardong fits squarely in that tradition.