Art Galleries

Bay Area Currents 2008

When: Oct. 15-Nov. 21 2008

There's no overarching curatorial theme to Bay Area Currents 2008, curated by Aimée Read -- just work in drawing, painting, video, sculpture, and mixed media by Steve Allen, Alexis Babayan, John Casey, Bill Domonkos, Bradley Hyppa, Andrea Land, Jessica Pezzalla, Robb Putnam, Alanna Risse, Michael Ryan, Noah Sakamoto, and Allison Watkins. These twelve local artists were chosen from hundreds of submissions. There's a fair amount of found-object and deconstruction work here, so perhaps the aesthetic of the day is transformation. Allen's political ceramic sculpture "Sisyphus" (about guess what) caught my eye, as did Domonko's spooky retro videos combining repetition and enigma, Sakamoto's conceptualist take on social realism, and Casey's abject/grotesque cartoon figures. Artist/curator talk on Nov. 20. Bay Area Currents 2008 runs through November 21 at Oakland Art Gallery (199 Kahn's Alley, Oakland). or 510-637-0395.

DeWitt Cheng

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