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Tag: Janet Marcavage

Aug.
14th

Clouds of art in Tacoma’s new Woolworth Windows installation


Janet Marcavage, "Fabrication." Courtesy photo.

Just when the weather’s finally warming up, we get clouds of art. The latest Spaceworks installation in the Woolworth Windows in downtown Tacoma features three artists – all female, not sure if that means anything – playing with clouds in form, metaphor and effect, using paper, fabric and straw to create art that wafts through the windows’ large interiors.

On the uptown end University of Puget Sound-based printmaker Janet Marcavage continues her rather dry, formal investigation of patterns and textures. This time she takes the ubiquitous stripe – think college dorm sheets, tacky business shirts – and transmutes it into flowing, leaf-shaped papers that flutter by in drifts, their interestingly-hatched stripes giving them the illusion of folded fabric.


Janet Marcavage, "Fabrication." Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

The flat window decals add to the dimensional riff, and the palette of violet/poppy red is bold and lipsticky. What drags the installation down is the inclusion of all the striped jersey sheets, pinned lumpily to the walls. Their heaviness detracts from the paper’s skillful construction, and the whole thing seems a little lazy – a kind of “how can I possibly fill this entire window?” Read more »

Dec.
25th

Critic’s Picks: Janet Marcavage prints, Woolworth Windows, sculpted willow at Fulcrum and First Night

Janet Marcavage’s print portraits at TUUC

In “Likenesses,” Tacoma print artist Janet Marcavage shows her skill in integrating lithography, intaglio embossment, photography and relief to create portraits of family and friends. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday-Friday through Dec. 29. Free. Mary Boze Gallery, Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Church, 1115 S. 56th St., Tacoma (ring the bell). www.janetmarcavage.com

Last weekend for Woolworth Windows

If you haven’t seen the fall installations in the Woolworth Windows downtown, you’ve only got two more days. Joseph Penrod’s blue-tape chair shadows, Beautiful Angle’s stacked chair sculptures, Zachary Marvick’s weirdly human giant drawings and Robert Evans paintings warm up

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