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When: April 1-May 15 2010

Moving water distorts submerged or reflected objects, so while it's poetic, it's an unreliable diagnostic tool for dating (except for ultra-patient narcissists). Polished metal bonded to glass is more dependable. Kana Tanaka continues her optical/poetic exploration of glass in Kagami ("mirror," in Japanese). On view are four of her silvered Plexiglass/mirror bubbles (three "Aqueous" pieces, plus "Petal Stream," a diptych), and two site-specific installations: "Mirror Surface," with her trademark array of dangling glass droplets here meeting their rising mirror reflections or shadows in mid-air; and "Morning Dew, with glass orbs threaded on stainless steel cables, suggesting mist condensed on spider webs. Also shown are a mirror/projection piece, "Winter Night Sky," and documentation of public art projects involving topography and the color distortions of dichroicglass.Kagami runs through May 15 at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (480 23rd St., Oakland). 415-577-7537 or

DeWitt Cheng

Price: free

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