Art Galleries

Eighteencharacters

When: Oct. 15-31 2014

A racehorse’s name must consist of no more than eighteen characters, including spaces and punctuation. That means that “Eighteencharacters” is an acceptable name, but “Eighteen Characters” is not. For their show at Interface Gallery (486 49th St., Oakland), local artist trio Bonanza (Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams) took this rule as inspiration, along with other arbitrary aesthetics found at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack. In the gallery, an empty wooden frame dangles from the ceiling with a bright blue braid hanging from it. It looks like a horse’s tail hanging out of a stable — except in another universe in which everything is clean, shiny, and chic. A sculpture that resembles a finish-line flag stands in one corner, held down by green sandbags. The pieces resemble the races, but only very slightly, like props in an Eighties music video with a minimalist jockey theme. The overall installation is playfully self-aware, riffing off the way stage names adorn identity with romanticized representations of the self. — Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke

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