The human face is one of the most recognizable images on the planet. Its also one of the most difficult to capture. Perhaps that explains Picassos now-famous lopsided cubist faces, or the ridiculous amount of airbrushing Kelly Clarksons mug went through for a recent cover of Self.
There is no landscape on Earth with which we are familiar as the human face, and none to which we react so strongly. It is the first thing we learn to recognize, says Seattle artist Gary Faigin, whose work is on display in the group exhibit Faces.
The show features portraits by 21 artists, including Las Vegas sculptor Dale Mathis, photographer Bob Carey, and local Dan Collins. And dont expect the kind of stuffy oil portrait youd find in some rich bitchs country estate. The works in this show explore creative and scientific ways of depicting the human visage, from wooden masks to digitally-manipulated photographs.
Oct. 3-Feb. 5, 2009