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Medium Rare

When: Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 8 2010

T. Joseph Enos and Tony Hoang explore the issue of identity in works that mock art's traditional transcendental truths. Enos' sculptures and assemblage paintings employ impermanent, impertinent, "lowly" materials like aluminum foil and insulation foam ("Hot Dog Heaven," "Frozen Composition Party," "Personal Totem"), while his installation, video, and Belly Prints derive from absurdist performances involving the extrusion of various substances from the navel in a casting of his stomach. Hoang's sewn and collaged works on multiple panels set human faces ("Feel It in My Bones") or animal-masked figures within giddily fanciful towering structures -- houses, wiring, piping, ducts, and bouffant hairdos. In his sculpture "Left Right Left Right" wedge-shaped leaf forms reminiscent of kites and paper lanterns hover above the ballast of small, floor-bound portrait heads, their eyes blacked out. Medium Rare runs through August 8 at Autobody Fine Art (1517 Park Ave., Alameda). 510-865-2608 or

DeWitt Cheng

Price: Free

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