Michael de Forest
Bellevue Arts Museum biennial puts wood on a pedestal - Published in Seattle Times, December 19, 2014
You’re being watched when you step off the elevator on the top floor of the Bellevue Arts Museum, where BAM’s Biennial exhibition “Knock on Wood” is on view. A gigantic striped male head glowers at the visitor, spotlit against a darkened wall. The head (“Mask” by Michael de Forest) is the curators’ way of announcing that this show, which features Northwest artists using wood as their principal material, is going to take you outside your wooden-object comfort zone.