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Mills College Book Arts MFA Show

Jan. 29-Feb. 14
510-484-7785
Free
Mercury 20 Gallery 475 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Trace: Site Works By Lewis DeSoto And Sonja Hinrichsen

Through Jan. 29
510-260-7494
Both artists are featuring photographic series that involve impermanent manipulations of the landscape and reflect their deep reverence for nature. Free
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary 480 23rd St., Oakland (map)

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BLACK<3MATTERS

Through Jan. 30
510-858-2323
Mixed media by Karen and Malik Seneferu. Opening reception and artist talk on Friday, january 9 from 7-10 p.m. Free
Impact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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Faces of Fracking

Through Jan. 31
Faces of Fracking
The facts about fracking, the procedure of extracting oil and gas from rocks using hydraulic pressure, are frightening: In the LA Basin alone, 532 oil and gas wells are using high-intensity production techniques and toxic chemicals, and in too many cases injecting waste into the ground above groundwater aquifers and near farms that produce nearly half of the nation’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables. But, for most of us in Northern California, it’s an abstract environmental issue that we only read about. With the Faces of Fracking project, the Citizen Engagement Lab’s (CEL) Climate Lab has been documenting the stories of people whose lives are directly affected by fracking and those leading the grassroots movement against it. The multi-media project is hosted on FacesOfFracking.org, and each subject’s story is made up of photographs, an audio interview, and a written narrative. Now, these photographs, taken by Sarah Craig, are on view at Solespace (1714 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) in an exhibition titled after the project. Alongside each large, emotive, and beautifully printed portrait is a lengthy description of the person’s situation (written by Tara Lohan) and a QR code that links to the accompanying audio interview. It’s a poignant and accessible first step to better understanding a crucial discussion. Opening reception on Friday, January 16, 7-10 pm, featuring a Q&A with Craig and Lohan. --Sarah Burke
SoleSpace 1714 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Jan. 31-Sept. 20
510-318-8400
Featuring interactive elements, specimen displays, and hands on activities Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact tells the story of these amazing creatures and the other California species that depend on them, including humans. Free
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Shrimp Balls and Soda

Through Feb. 1
A crazed combination of styles, technique and mediums brought to you by some members of Studios 11: Tina basgen, Terry Furry, Cecilia Granata, Kristen A. Jensen, Jane Elliott, Cleo Vilett and Bill Weber. Free
Studios 11 560 2nd St., Oakland (map)

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Radiance

Through Feb. 6
510-499-1789
Solo show by artist Yellena James. Free
LeQuiVive Gallery 1525 Webster St., Oakland (map)

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Cringe

Through Feb. 7
A selection of works from Aggregate Space's second annual open call for time-based media. By choosing to forgo a themed call, a cohesive show was grown out of individual relationships between the 100+ submissions. This year, the works that stood out were self-reflexive performances of awkward personal narratives that cause near physical reactions. Free
Aggregate Space 801 West Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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Notions of Romance

Through Feb. 14
Notions of Romance
Curating an art show around the slippery idea of love will always be a risky endeavor for those hoping to avoid cliché. But with Notions of Romance, Vessel Gallery (471 25th St., Oakland) takes a more nuanced approach to the poetic problem. The show aims to collect reflections on the more tangible feelings that surround the elusive “L” word. With a focus on representing varying perspectives, the group show features ten artists working in sculpture, painting, and photography. Among them is sculptor Gordon Glasgow, whose clean wooden assemblages are influenced by the design of furniture and household items. His “Nipple” houses a realistic papier-mâché nipple inside of a wooden box with a small peep-hole in the front, so that, from just the right angle, you can get a view of the glory. The piece plays hard to get, speaking to the ways in which distance intensifies desire and voyeurism elicits lust. Another notable piece comes from Diana Hobson, who lights the window of her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, luring moths to the glass, then photographs their vulnerable underbellies against the black backdrop of night. Hobson’s massive prints expose the small creatures — often portrayed as symbols of desire — illuminating the skeletons beneath their pretty exteriors. Other artists include David Burke, Thekla Hammond, Christy Kovacs, Walter James Mansfield, Kevan Jenson, Cyrus Tilton, and Sanay Vora. Free
Vessel Gallery 471 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Mystic Pizza

Through Feb. 21
917-267-9587
New funky works by Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Scott Hewicker, Courtney Johnson, and Tamra Seal. Opening reception Friday, January 16, 7-11 p.m. Free
City Limits Gallery 300 Jefferson St., Oakland (map)

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Diane Abt: Recent Work

Through Feb. 21, 12-5 p.m.
510-282-2335
Abt’s artwork is rooted in nearly two decades of studying East Asian calligraphy and informed by her long experience as a journalist. Free
Manna Gallery 473 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Journeys

Through Feb. 21, 12-6 p.m.
510-407-0449
An exhibition of prints made by Kate Jordahl, Irene Imfeld, and Jack Fulton. Kate Jordahl’s Walking with Kandinsky, Irene Imfeld’s Web of Uncertainty, and Jack Fulton’s A Circumnavigation in Three Hours are each a complete presentation of the maker's individual journey. Together they create a larger conversation about everyone's journey through time. Free
PHOTO 473 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Color Charts

Fridays, Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28
510-325-6659
Large-scale works by three Bay Area artists: Carol Ladewig, Diane Rosenblum, and Lucky Rapp. Working in a range of media and toward different ends, each artist nonetheless uses a grid of color to map external data and information and communicate it to viewers. Free
SLATE contemporary 473 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Color Charts

Through Feb. 28
510-325-6659
Large-scale works exploring the intersection of color and data featuring artwork by Diane Rosenblum, Carol Ladewig, and Lucky Rapp. Free
SLATE contemporary 473 25th St., Oakland (map)

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F L U X

Through Feb. 28
415-626-1135
Sawyer Rose's site-specific installation and new works are both sculptural and painterly. The graphic forms of the plants formed from molten metal stand boldly against the textured color of the panels. Using the texture of the metal as her primary mark making in conjunction with more traditional brushwork with oil, each floral form is fortified within its field. Free
Classic Cars West 411 26th St., Oakland (map)

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