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  • FECAL FACE DOT - RATIO 3 - ELECTRIC WORKS - JANCAR JONES

    JELLYFISH - Z SPACE - SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

    INCLINE - CITY ART -- TRIPLE BASE

    DRIFTWOOD SALON - ASPECT GALLERY

    01.07.11

    (with assistance from DeWitt Cheng and Clare Coppel)



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    Fecal Face Dot Gallery: Paul Urich - Take Me to Paradise.

    Comment by AB: Artist/tattoo artist Paul Urich works on paper homage vintage tattoo art and tattooists of yore. He does it up so true and righteous, often using aged paper, that some pieces can easily pass for being decades old. Urich even attaches a ballpoint pen to a tattoo machine and "draws" on handkerchiefs. Good stuff.

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    Art by Paul Urich.

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    Paul Urich art.

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    Paul Urich and his art.

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    Art by Paul Urich - looks antique, don't you think?

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    Paul Urich tattoo art in above image closer.

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    Tattoo art by Paul Urich.

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    Ratio 3 Gallery: Mrzyk & Moriceau - The Man With The Golden Gun.

    Artists: Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Franšios Moriceau.

    Comment by AB: Manifold pen and ink drawings in various groupings and sizes by Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Franšios Moriceau conjure up a curious reality, a number of them generously reminiscent in style of caricatures by the famed Al Hirschfeld. Don't forget to check out the slick selection of mat black plastic masks in the back gallery. Nicely done.

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    Art by Mrzyk and Moriceau at Ratio 3 Gallery.

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    Masks cut from mat black plastic by Mrzyk and Moriceau.

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    Art by Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Franšios Moriceau.

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    Mrzyk and Moriceau art closer.

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    Art by Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Franšios Moriceau closer.

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    Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Franšios Moriceau art.

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    Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Franšios Moriceau literature.

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    Mask art by Mrzyk and Moriceau.

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    Electric Works Gallery: Geoff Chadsey - shift, return; Sandra Ono - Homeostasis.

    Review by DeWitt Cheng: Geoff Chadsey's show, "shift, return," comprises about a dozen medium-sized colored-pencil figure drawings on Mylar. Although the subjects derive from internet photos (hence the keyboard allusion?), New Yorker Chadsey (a CCA alumnus) transforms them into posing theatrical characters, nude, with masks or face paint, with some of them even sporting enlarged or supernumerary appendages. Excellent draftsmanship.

    In the project room are a half dozen or so of Sandra Ono's biomorphically shaped sculptures in banal everyday materials-- a branch is fabricated from rubber bands, and turdlike or fetal blobs are daintily crafted from wads of putty or gum. The title, Homeostasis, refers to the condition of stability that an organism maintains in order to survive, if my high school biology is trustworthy.

    Comment by AB: Check out the Sandra Ono sculptures-- nicely done and worth a look.

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    Geoff Chadsey reception at Electric Works (photo c/o DeWitt Cheng).

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    Male odalisque - art by Geoff Chadsey.

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    Geoff Chadsey art - couple.

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    Geoff Chadsey art - trio.

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    Two more drawings by Geoff Chadsey (photo c/o DeWitt Cheng).

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    Geoff Chadsey (photo c/o DeWitt Cheng).

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    Sandra Ono reception (photo c/o DeWitt Cheng).

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    Ear plugs and glue sculpture by Sandra Ono (photo c/o DeWitt Cheng).

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    Foil and glue sculpture by Sandra Ono.

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    Pinkie cam detail of foil and glue art by Sandra Ono in above image.

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    Rubberband & glue art by Sandra Ono.

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    Pinkie cam detail of rubberband & glue art by Sandra Ono in above image.

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    Sandra Ono and her sculpture (photo c/o DeWitt Cheng).

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    Jancar Jones Gallery: Paul Cowan, Cameron Soren, Amy Yao.

    Comment by AB: Paintings and balloon with ribbon by Paul Cowan, sculpture Amy Yao, video installation by Cameron Soren. Don't ask me anything beyond that 'cuz I won't know the answer.

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    Art by Paul Cowan.

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    Paul Cowan art.

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    Art by Paul Cowan.

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    Art by Amy Yao.

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    Interactive video art by Cameron Soren; balloon & ribbon by Paul Cowan.

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    Jellyfish Gallery: Spy Emerson - Books From the Underground Public Library.

    Comment by AB: The show that was banned (and then unbanned) in Berkeley because certain works were deemed sexist, so they tell me. Sheesh. What next?

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    Sexist art by Spy Emerson. Scandalous, isn't it?

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    Art by Spy Emerson.

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    Spy Emerson art.

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    Art by Spy Emerson.

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    Z Space at Project Artaud: Oliver DiCicco - Sirens.

    Review by Clare Coppel: Oliver DiCicco metal, water, movement and sound both simple and complicated, high tech and not. His work references the ocean.

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    Kinetic sculpture by Oliver DiCicco (image c/o Clare Coppel).

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    Oliver DiCicco sculpture from the side (image c/o Clare Coppel).

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    Art by Oliver DiCicco.

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    Oliver DiCicco kinetic art.

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    Southern Exposure: Jaime Cortez, Kenneth Lo, Ginger Wolfe-Suarez.

    Comment by AB: Jaime Cortez waxes melancholy on Michael Jackson. Kenneth Lo, among other delights, immortalizes his resume on a granite headstone. Ginger Wolfe-Suarez trends conceptual with an arcane spatial installation.

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    Installation art by Kenneth Lo.

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    Premature immortalization art by Kenneth Lo - like it.

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    Kenneth Lo takes his final resting place for a test drive.

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    Photography by Kenneth Lo.

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    Michael Jackson tribute art by Jaime Cortez.

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    Michael Jackson rotating lamp art by Jaime Cortez.

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    Art by Jaime Cortez.

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    Art by Jaime Cortez in above image closer.

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    Art by Jaime Cortez (I think).

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    Spatial installation art by Ginger Wolfe-Suarez.

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    Sculptural art by Jaime Cortez (hanging clear plastic sheet).

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    City Art Gallery: First Friday.

    Artists: Jack Androvich , Glenn Caley Bachmann, Suzane Beaubrun, Marianne Bland, Robin Bordow, Brenton Bostwick, Johnny Botts, Beka Brayer, Andreina Davila, Angelo DiPietrantonio, Richard Dodds, Marisa Escolar, Hilary Fleming, Anna Fizyta, Katie Gilmartin, dk haas, Jeanne Hauser, Tom Heinz, Ann Marie Hodrick, Rachel Lyra Hospodar, Glenn Hummel, Mike Kimball, Ann Krilanovich, John Kraft, Amy Levine, Amelia Lewis, Ytaelena Lopez, Lynn Mechanic, Kevin P. Mosley, Chiyo Miyashita, Hadley Northrop, Sonya Philip, Garrett Robinson, RubySpam, Kaya Sattva, Richelle Semenza, Lauren Shahroody, Tony Torrez, Trish Tunney, Pete Villasenor, Stephen C. Wagner, Beth Wellington, Jane Henri Williams.

    Comment by AB: Monthly group show.

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    Art by Mike Kimball.

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    Art by Trish Tunney.

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    Optimistic art.

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    Relative density.

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    Triple Base Gallery: Jay Nelson - With Edits; Wild Combinations curated by Jay Nelson.

    Wild Combinations artists: Todd Bura, Ernesto Burgos, Bryson Gill, Alex Hubbard, Rachel Kaye, Lise Soskolne.

    Comment by AB: Raw rugged resolute paintings, notable for their well worked surfaces, and a solidly constructed plywood installation round out this exhibit by Jay Nelson. Plus he curates a group show in the back gallery.

    You know, it's never too late to set the record straight. I recall railing some years back about a Barry McGee painting that had been nailed to a wall at a group show, thereby, according to my way of thinking at the time, substantially devaluing the piece. Well, it turns out Jay Nelson curated that show, he informs me tonight, and it turns out that nailing art to the wall was entirely typical of Barry McGee's presentation, and it turns out that the display of this particular painting was true to that tradition, and it turns out that I stand corrected. So there.


    Art by Jay Nelson.

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    Art by Jay Nelson.

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    Jay Nelson at Triple Base Gallery.

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    Plywood floor art by Jay Nelson.

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    Pencil drawings by Jay Nelson.

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    Jay Nelson art.

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    Art by Todd Bura in the back room.

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    One more from group show in the back room.

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    Addendum:

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    Taylor King, Willy McGee, Brian Perrin at Incline Gallery.

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    Another from Taylor King, Willy McGee, Brian Perrin at Incline Gallery.

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    Group show, emerging artists, at Driftwood Salon.

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    Another from group show at Driftwood Salon.

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    More from group show at Driftwood Salon.

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    Last one from group show, emerging artists, at Driftwood Salon.

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    Group show at Aspect Gallery.

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    Here's something you don't see everyday - art at Aspect Gallery.

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    Live music at Aspect Gallery group show.

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    One more from group show at aspect gallery.

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