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Some Re-Assembly Required

When: Oct. 30-Dec. 5 2010

Jeff Eisenberg's new drawings ("Juju Abatement Program," "Big Rock Candy Mountain," "The Omega Plan," and "Kingdom Come") reprise the anti-utopian ad-hoc architecture for which he's known: mixtures of architecture, surroundings, and contents, all merged as if by mad fixer-uppers, like human spiders on mescaline. In this show, he adds a sententious talking sculpture, "Tall Tales and Other Schemes" (remember the Singing Tree in Three Amigos?); digital monoprints for cutout sculptures of the punch/fold/insert-tab type made in collaboration with Wabash University artist Kristin Wilkins ("House," "Airstream"); an installation of the constructed sculptures ("Swap Meet"); and even a mixed-media video game ("Stake Your Claim"). Eisenberg explores America's conflicting drives toward domestic comfort and economic betterment, our being "always on the make for a brighter, better future" -- ready, in Twain's words, to "light out for the territories."Re-Assembly runs through December 5 at Swarm Gallery (560 2nd St., Oakland). 510-839-2787 or

DeWitt Cheng

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