Art Galleries


When: Aug. 23-28 2012

House and apartment galleries have not caught on in the Bay Area as they have in other cities -- Chicago, for example. For this and other reasons, the relatively young Important Projects, located in an inviting craftsman-style house in Rockridge, is a distinctive addition to the Oakland gallery scene. Resident artists/curators Joel Dean and Jason Benson painted their warm upper story white, and there they have been showing work by artists both local and not. Currently on display are two exhibitions that seem purposely to resist interpretation. In Prometheus, Nicolás Colón hangs a baggy T-shirt drenched in gold paint, the imprint of which he has left on the wall, as well as a series of blown-up, indecipherable color photographs. In between: small, pinched clay sculptures and store-bought stalks of verbena. Miniaturized sculpture gardens? One room over, Brooklyn-based Austin Eddy's Faces presents a series of crude portraits, a sculptural bust, and the artist's signature in dripping sherbet colors.Prometheus and Faces run through August 28 at Important Projects (5432 Boyd Ave., Oakland).

Alex Bigman

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