Art Galleries

Kathleen King: Tongue & Groove

When: Sept. 30-Oct. 28 2010

The incorporation of found materials into art may have reached its apotheosis fifty years ago, with Rauschenberg's combines, but contemporary artists are still finding meaning in quotidian oddments. In her Floodplain series, P.K. Frizzell layers scraps of wood, cardboard, and canvas with paint, building up texture and overlaying the topographies with grainy photos of human and animal shadows, suggesting devastated landscapes haunted by vanished inhabitants -- like Pompeii or Hiroshima, with their "naturally" occurring sculptures and photographs. Kathleen King strikes a brighter note in her insouciant Tongue & Groove series, abstract assemblages slyly based on art-history prototypes: Marcel Duchamp's "Bicycle Wheel" put to work broadcasting prayers, Tibetan-style; a neon-framed graffiti spray painting; building materials stacked on the floor, in the current abject mode, but as effervescent as a Stuart Davis adscape; a tiny rotating Ellsworth Kelly. Frizzell/King runs through October 28 at Mercury 20 Gallery (475 25th St., Oakland). 510-701-4620 or MercuryTwenty.com

DeWitt Cheng

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