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February 10, 2014 at 11:27am

Plan Ahead: Sean Alexander and Virginia Bunker at Moss + Mineral

“Rolling Stone” by Sean Alexander

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You thought you knew Sean Alexander, didn't you? He's the guy who did the illustrations for the South Sound Users Guide, an artist known for detailed ink drawings. But there is more to Alexander than that. At the Feb. 20 opening at Moss + Mineral you'll see modernest furniture inspired by mid-20th century design by Alexander, along with 2-D art and oil paintings. Examples of his 2-D art give a nod to the precise ink drawings he is known for but featuring geometric designs combined with pop and dada imagery.

How about a black faced robotic boy with stars for eyes marching along behind a Piet Mondrian painting? Or a silhouette of a man standing on a balcony that is collapsing in a cascade of cubistic shards? Such inventive imagery beautifully rendered are just two examples of what Alexander will be showing.

Also on the bill are eye-popping fashion accessories by Virginia Bunker. Her stylish accessories are up-scale, colorful and fearlessly inventive. How about a man's vintage silk tie refashioned into a louche drape for around her throat? Or a romantic ribbon belt sporting a fabulous, saucer-size flower? These pieces are good for evening wear or anytime you want to present a bold statement.

Alexander and Bunker will be there to greet you at the opening.

Moss + Mineral is a design store, the idea for which grew out of the former Mineral Gallery owned and operated by artist Lisa Kinoshita from 2003 to 2011. Featured in the store are jewelry and fashion art made by Kinoshita and wearable and usable art by other area artists.

SEAN ALEXANDER AND VIRGINIA BUNKER, 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, Moss + Mineral, 305 S. 9th St., Tacoma, free admission, 253.961.5220

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