June 29, 2000
Seattle Arts Museum Rental Sales Gallery
Grinnell & Isaksen
In "Abstraction From Nature" at SAM's Rental/Sales Gallery, nine local artists use natural forms as the foundation for abstraction. It's a nice collection of work, worth your while at least to swing by the First Avenue display window (between Union and University). There hangs "Natural Materials/Manufactured Nature," a site-specific installation by Gail Grinnell and Eva Isaksen, consisting of onions suspended in pantyhose. It sounds fairly elementary, but the effect is quite stunning. The work underscores the paradox of organic environments existing within the built structures of the city.
— Anna Fahey