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Volume Too

When: Oct. 11-Nov. 15 2008

European museums may abound with copyists, but not American museums. Yes, we are all individuals (except for Gorky, who faithfully dripped when Picasso dripped). Given that we gotta be us, artist/architect RayleneGorum's take on Hiroshige is pleasantly anachronistic: partly an homage to the past, though far from reverential, and partly a loving satire on our deracinated, artificial present. Employing graphic tapes and printed adhesive films along with watercolor, spray paint, silkscreen, and ink, Gorum reinterprets the Japanese printmaker's landscapes through a Pop sensibility shaped by contemporary design. Modern imagery and attitude leach into her Floating World of mylar "tapings" and moleskine sketchbooks (Vol. 2 on display) as inevitably as McDonald's invaded Japan in Teraoka's satirical woodcuts. Here, however, hybridization is seen as natural. Hiroshige adapted Western perspective to his needs, and later influenced the Impressionists; East and West meet all the time. Volume Too runs through November 15 at Rowan Morrison Gallery (330 40th St., Oakland). RowanMorrison.com or 510-384-5344


DeWitt Cheng

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