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Josifov, Dildine, Costello: Three Solo Shows

When: June 12-July 31 2009

The lines between various modes of painting are hard-fought, wavering boundaries in Joshua Dildine's dynamic drawings and paintings. They depict the complex consciousness of "individuals in a Google-driven society [who] process (or fail to process) ... vast amounts of information." The mediasphere takes visual form here as a collision or interweaving of painting styles: tangles or clusters of juicy loaded brushwork override linear frameworks or scaffolds, deep perspective space overwrite flat horizontal lozenges hovering just beyond the picture plane, and abstract elements take on figurative readings. Then the process reverses and we see the other aspect, in the way that the multiple readings in optical illusions supersede each other but never coexist: bunny or duck, profile or goblet. Figurative paintings by Diana Costello and performance photos by Igor Josifov are also on view. Through July 31 at Alphonse Berber Gallery (2546 Bancroft Way, Berkeley). or 510-649-9492

DeWitt Cheng

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