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Gustavo Martinez, “Tláloc,” ceramic, steel, macaw feathers, metal leaf, epoxy. photo courtesy of Gustavo Martinez
  • “Guardians, Warriors, and Allies”

Through Dec. 9

Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma

Gustavo Martinez, a professor at Green River College in Auburn, creates sculptural ceramics. His exhibition, “Guardians, Warriors, and Allies,” explores how the artist comes to peace with his inner demons.

Martinez tells stories through his work that embody powerful imagery, history, and figurative forms that connect to Mesoamerican imagery and personal identity. The artworks involve the presence of a guardian-warrior who is an ally aiding Martinez in the process of quieting his mind and allowing positive thoughts that are free of fear and that help guide him in times of darkness.

Info: pugetsound.edu/Kittredge

  • “Latent Home”

Through Dec. 9

Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma

In “Latent Home,” Christopher Paul Jordan’s carved paintings and immersive virtual installations archive fragments of Tacoma’s landscape. Reassembling neighborhood memories through rolls of unprocessed film from 2007, Jordan uses a series of collaborations with his teenage self to investigate the construction of belonging in an era of red-lining and mass displacement. Describing the exhibition as a “long distance phone call with the past,” Jordan experiments with optics, aerosol art and stereoscopic collage to survey his childhood home, while questioning traditions of consuming and documenting the environment.

Jordan is well known in the Tacoma art scene, but while he has already had significant impact on public art across the city, this will be his first solo gallery show. Kittredge Gallery is proud to host Jordan’s work on landscapes, community and reimagining the painted landscape tradition in the context of displacement. Artist talk on Jordan’s practice and how his public work informs his studio pieces Tuesday, Nov. 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Info: pugetsound.edu/Kittredge

Works by Malayka and Tom Gormally. photo courtesy of Tom Gormally
  • “Present / Tense” Exhibit

Through Dec. 21

Spaceworks Gallery, 950 Pacific Ave. (entrance on 11th St.), Tacoma

“Present / Tense” features paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Malayka Gormally and Tom Gormally. Spaceworks Gallery is honored to bring this exhibit to Tacoma.

Malayka Gormally was born to immigrant and Jewish parents in the San Francisco Bay area and raised during the civil rights movement. In her paintings, Malayka Gormally explores emotional strength, connection and conflict between people of disparate races, generations and political beliefs. The subjects of her artwork stem from personal observation of activists across the spectrum as well as hate groups. She is also exhibiting portraits of immigrant women, funded by an Art Projects Grant from 4Culture of King County.

Tom Gormally grew up in a large family in the Midwest as the son of a WWII veteran. He served as a jet mechanic in the Navy during the Vietnam War while disagreeing with the war and protesting against it. He creates sculptures which play with scale and incorporate wood craftsmanship, found objects, diverse materials, and LED lighting. In this exhibition, he critiques the current political and social zeitgeist with symbolic references to the founding of the United States and the principles that our country was founded on.

Info: www.spaceworkstacoma.com/gallery

“John and Yoko,” oil painting by Katlyn Hubner. photo courtesy of Katlyn Hubn
  • “Codependent Menageries”

Through Dec. 31

Feast Arts Center, 1402 S. 11th St., Tacoma

Katlyn Hubner’s bold paintings explore the theme of codependence.

“I have been trying to find myself again for the first time in years,” says Hubner. “I have been exploring my bad habit of making someone else’s ‘problems’ my own — the pretty pain of being engulfed by a cunning and quiet lack of boundaries. Eventually, you begin to lose or confuse your own thoughts and become entangled with another; a self-imposed identity crisis.

“In hopes of making complicated compositions with the form, I want the lines and the triangles of the limbs and reflections to bring a controlled anxiety to being. You can’t tell just how many people are involved. I use color to bring a slight euphoria to the dark matter.”

Info: www.facebook.com/feastarts

Wire sculpture by Chris Wooten. photo courtesy of Chris Wooten
  • Wire sculpture by Chris Wooten and stone carvings by Vladimir Shakov

Through Jan. 31

Minka, 821 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Minka is one-stop shopping for artist-made gifts from furniture to jewelry. Currently on display are Chris Wooten colorful and inventive wire sculptures and Vladimir Shakov’s stone carvings. Minka is open Fridays noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Info: www.minkatacoma.com

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