Art Galleries

Art Sucks, I Quit

When: Jan. 4-March 26 2011

"Art is over. Fine art is anyway … the entire exhibit highlight[s] the ethical thin ice of art-making in the 21st century." Despite demurrals, Lily Black explores the dark night of the soul with his usual meticulous craftsmanship and absurdist humor. The wall-mounted assemblages in shadow boxes feature bugs, toys, and historical artifacts: "I've come to hate my body" features a compendium of tank tracks; "it doesn't need a title, sweetie" includes a photo of a steam-powered AC Transit bus. Black's tableaus on pedestals repurpose global mass culture: sci-fi/military action figures ("Portrait of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche") and Japanese erotic figurines ("The sexuality implicit in mechanics") sport mechanical heads; a building's windows, rather than boarded up, are walled shut with stone and mortar ("24th & Valley"); a Papa and Baby Bear peruse higher-mammalian porn while Mama's away ("Storytime"). Art Sucks runs through March 26 at Kuhl Frames (412 22nd St., Oakland). 510-625-0123 or

DeWitt Cheng

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