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Where Do I Go From Here?

When: March 1-April 24 2010

Gauguin's mythic "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" depicted a tropical Golden Age; these days we dream less about pre-colonial utopias and worry more about post-industrial dystopias. This show, curated by Nancy Vicknair, presents speculative alternatives to our damaged (but slowly healing) capitalist reality. SalaneC . Schultz's acrylics, graphic-style and infused with absurdist humor, suggest animated films: in "Man in Museum," a gigantic stick figure squeezes between abstract paintings to inspect a tiny figure statue. Clayton Thiel's ceramics explore an eclectic personal mythology: His monumental dreaming heads, both infants and sages, suggest an unknown civilization. Mark Wagner envisions a trans-temporal past/future in oils like "The Creation of Language," digital prints like "The Art of War," and his "Digital Muse" series, the Eternal Feminine gone kaleidoscopic. Where Do I Go From Here?runs through April 24 at Float Gallery (1091 Calcot Pl. #116, Oakland). 510-535-1702 or

DeWitt Cheng

Price: free

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