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Craig Nagasawa

When: Jan. 4-May 7 2010

Jasper Johns was fascinated by "a thing's not being what it was ... its becoming something other than what it is ... [the] moment in which one identifies a thing precisely, and ... the slipping away of that moment." Craig Nagasawa similarly seeks "a liminal space ... suspended between memory and the present." Melding painting, photography, and collage, he creates in-between, hybrid spaces that are overtly artificial, in the contemporary mode, yet sometimes verging on Romantic pantheism. In one almost operatically symbolic image, a shrouded figure reposes atop an altar-like bed at lake's edge beneath a pair of sheltering trees, the bedspread embroidered with tendrils. Another oil depicts a drawing/painting/photo of late-afternoon flowers and grasses standing, entwined by fencing, within the noonday landscape, scale and time synthesized and reconciled. Craig Nagasawa runs through May 7 at TownsendCenter (220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley). 510-643-9670 or

DeWitt Cheng

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