Art Galleries

Perceive & Connect

When: June 13-July 26 2009

Katie Baum, Jeanine Briggs,and Indira Martina Morre are exhibiting color photographs, assemblages, and paintings, respectively, at BerkeleyArtCenter.Baum's color photographs are lyrical and ironic: a looping pool skimmer covered with leaves visually links depths, surface, and sky, while ice-cream slabs melt on a hot curb and doughnuts lie in a shallow stream like stepping stones or life preservers. Briggs crafts surreal figures from recycled wood, leather, and metal; her life-sized, leather-torsoed figures have an erotic vibe despite their mythological titles (drill, baby, drill, "Earth Mother"!); the smaller, more totemic chess pieces suggest columns, finials, and balusters for a visionary architecture. Morre's layered works on gesso-glazed linen over panel feature galaxies of hand-drawn Wingding-like elements -- capsules, circles, dots, squares, clock dials, map pins -- hovering at different visual "depths" -- floating signifiers in earth orbit: space junk? Perceive & Connect runs through July 26 at Berkeley Art Center (1275 Walnut St., Berkeley). or 510-644-6893.

DeWitt Cheng

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