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2015 UC Berkeley MFA Exhibition

Through June 15
510-644-6893
Exhibition of the works of graduating Masters in Fine Art students at UC Berkeley. Free
Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut St. (in Live Oak Park), Berkeley (map)

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Almost ( ) is, Teresa Baker and Jaimie Healy

Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through May 31
415-990-8028
Almost (     ) is, Teresa Baker and Jaimie Healy
Merging sculpture and painting in inventive ways, Baker and Healy create works that express a potent space between formlessness and form. This exhibition presents a combination of the artists’ paintings and objects in conversation with one another. free
Interface Gallery 486 49th St., Oakland (map)

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Art by Ani Lucia Thompkins

Through June 30
510-547-3455
Paintings by Ani Lucia Thompkins. Free
Lireille Gallery 3980 Piedmont Ave., Oakland (map)

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Art in the Community

Through May 24
510-620-6772
Artwork made in the Richmond Art Center's "Art in the Community" program, in which it brings art classes to the public. Free
Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond (map)

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Art of Steel

Ongoing
510-817-5700
Exhibit of large-format photographs shot at twilight by Tom Paiva exploring the fabrication of the bridge pieces in Shanghai, China.
Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter 101 8th St., Oakland (map)

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Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Through 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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BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art

Through June 21
925-295-1417
BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art
Although large inflatables are typically confined to children’s birthday parties and used car lots, Bedford Gallery (1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek) is proving that the medium possesses artistic value beyond those realms. Its current show, Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art, features large-scale inflatable sculptures that use air to create 3D pop art statements. Those include a large white elephant by Billie G. Lynn, a 26-foot reclining Buddha by Lewis DeSoto, a life-sized Pontiac Firebird by car-obsessed conceptual artist Guy Overfelt, and Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds” — a room filled with super-reflective, silver-rectangular balloons that induce a feeling of weightlessness as they float around you. Some of the most eye-popping pieces are Claire Ashley’s non-figurative inflatables, which she spray paints with a rainbow palette, and Lee Boroson’s similarly whimsical plant-like abstractions. But Momoyo Torimitsu steals the show with her massive pink bunnies entitled “Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable.” At nearly sixteen feet tall, the shiny, grinning animals are squished under the gallery’s ceiling, necks bent toward the floor. The inclusion of that piece spins the entire show into a potential critique on pop culture aesthetics, or, perhaps, the inflated economy. However much thought you want to put into it, Blow Up will make for a fun visit. $3-$5
Bedford Gallery 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek (map)

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California Mosaic Artists: Celebrating Diversity through Mosaics

Ongoing
510-437-9899
An ongoing group show.
Institute of Mosaic Art 805 Allston Way, Berkeley (map)

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Commemorating the Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary

Through May 29
The exhibition revisits this pivotal student activist movement through photographs, letters, publications, handbills, and other materials housed in the University Archives and Bancroft manuscript collections. Free
Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, Berkeley (map)

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Day of the Eclipse

Through June 27
510-536-6133
New paintings by Alan Grizzell and Ernest Doty. Free
Faultline Artspace 850 42nd Ave., Oakland (map)

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The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers

Through June 5
510-415-8791
The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers
The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism presents a group exhibit about housing security and digital privacy. EFF Digital Privacy Workshop on May 23, 2-4 p.m. Free
Random Parts 1206 13th Ave., Oakland (map)

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Drifting Forest: A GATS Solo Show

Through May 30
Drifting Forest: A GATS Solo Show
GATS is known to many as a floating face, with jaded, droopy eyes and a long, dreaded beard. The iconic mask he paints is ubiquitous in the streets of the East Bay, and can be found on walls all over the world as well. On May 9, the enigmatic graffiti artist’s work will also be on view at Hashimoto Contemporary (804 Sutter St., San Francisco) for his first solo show — Drifting Forest — in the gallery. Partially, the title of the show comes from the fact that GATS did most of the paintings included on found driftwood. More than an aesthetic choice, the material of GATS’ panels and wooden sculptures are a testament to the deterioration of nature. “These skeletons of the forest are sacred as I mourn in the graveyard that is urban sprawl,” he wrote in an email interview. Although GATS’ work is mainly found on city walls, this is a rare chance to see the artist’s potential when given more time and material options. In his new works, he abstracts recognizable features of the mask he paints, and rearranges them to form new compositions while staying true to the visual language he has developed. There will undoubtedly be a line around the block for the opening of the show on May 9 from 6–10 p.m. Look for the full interview with GATS in next week’s Express. Free
Hashimoto Contemporary 804 Sutter Street, San Francisco (map)

Dystopia Toyland

Ongoing
A solo show by Peter Adamyan that uses visuals from our collective childhood to explore the darker side of the duality of man, in the form of a dystopian toy store. Free
Good Mother 408 13th St., Oakland (map)

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East Bay Open Studios Preview Exhibition

Through June 14
510-763-4361
Hundreds of artworks by the artists participating in East Bay Open Studios, installed salon-style and arranged by neighborhood. Free
Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (map)

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Enduring Protest

Through June 24
510-981-7546
Digital Artist Tim Roseborough celebrates Berkeley’s progressive history in a site-specific and online exhibition. Free
Addison Street Windows Gallery 2018 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

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