Art Galleries

Mythos

When: Jan. 4-30 2008

Joseph Campbell told Bill Moyers in The Power of Myth that contemporary societies need new mythologies. Comfily ensconced at Lucasfilm for the videotaping of those interviews, Campbell naturally thought of movies, but he could have focused on the fantasy-art tradition that flowered in Surrealism and then went underground with the supposed extinction of all figuration by the blast of postwar abstraction. Kevin Evans belongs to the wayward tribe of troglodyte visionaries that includes Max Ernst, Ernst Fuchs, De Es Schwertberger, Peter Gric, and H.R. Giger. While this show's sampling of monochrome intaglio prints is modest, the twenty ambiguous, metamorphic images (some reminiscent of Bruce Conner's inkblot drawings) in their black ornate Gothic frames are worth seeing, and Evans' more detailed acrylic paintings on board, judging by the lone example here,Ortus, deserve wider exposure. "Mythos" runs throughJanuary 30 at Lucky JuJu Pinball Art Gallery (713 Santa Clara St., Alameda). UJuju.com or 510-205-9793


DeWitt Cheng

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