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New Abstraction

Jan. 25-March 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
An exhibition exploring the varied approaches of four artists in creating non-figurative work. For some of these artists abstraction is a means by which to translate observed reality, while for others it is a pure investigation of the formal aspects of art. Ranging from distinct lines and sharp forms to more organic visual effects, these artists use sculpture, painting, and mark making to create work in which color, texture, surface, line, and form are the primary subjects. Free
Traywick Contemporary 895 Colusa Ave., Berkeley (map)


Mills College Book Arts MFA Show

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


Trace: Site Works By Lewis DeSoto And Sonja Hinrichsen

Through Jan. 29
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)


Not Much To Look At

Fri., Jan. 30, 7-10 p.m.
New ugly paintings by Brian Brooks, Amanda Curreri, Matt Gordon, Maggie Haas, Kelly Lynn Jones, Robert Minervini, Maysha Mohamedi, Jennie Ottinger, Erik Parra, George Pfau, Sarah Thibault, Ben Vilmain, Emily Wick and Jake Ziemann. Free
Royal NoneSuch Gallery 4321 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)



Through Jan. 30
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)


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, 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)


Egrets In Our Midst: A Calligraphy of Egrets

Through Jan. 31, 7-1 a.m.
A Calligraphy of Egrets explores the global intelligence of wildlife through egrets in Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda, photographed by Gerry Traucht. Free
Au Coquelet 2000 University Ave., Berkeley (map)


After-Hour: Carrie Hott

Through Feb. 1
After-Hour: Carrie Hott
Carrie Hott’s After-Hour, currently on view at Interface Gallery (486 49th St., Oakland), imagines what transpires when the lights go off at the end of the day. The artist has blacked out the windows of the cozy gallery, and turned it into a dimly lit midnight scene, reminiscent of the half-awake dream you might have walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night. By arranging lamp parts into new sculptural configurations, and displaying them with gold foil and blue, wooden cutouts of wavy forms, Hott evokes the play between objects glistening in the moonlight and lurking in the shadows, which opens up a surreal realm of possibility within a familiar space. Hott is also interested in the creative potential in the hours after the work day has ended — that time undesignated to task and rich with possibilities for artists to let loose. In conjunction with the exhibition, Hott has edited a reader that includes sources for her historical research on the cultural meanings of darkness and night, as well as reflections from sixteen other artists. Hott and some of the Hour After Reader contributors will be presenting the 28-page book on Thursday, January 15 from 5­–7 p.m., offering drinks and fascinating insights into the nature of light and darkness. Free
Interface Gallery 480 49th St., Oakland (map)


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)



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


California Society of Printmakers Members Exhibit

Through Feb. 7
Founded in San Francisco in December 1912, the California Society of Printmakers is now the oldest continuously operating society of printmakers in the United States, if not the world. Prints in the exhibition are original works of art (not digital prints) and include woodcuts, etchings, screenprints, lithographs and monoprints by more than 25 accomplished printmakers. Free
Gray Loft Gallery 2889 Ford St., Oakland (map)



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)



Through Feb. 8
Every year, the Berkeley Art Center (1275 Walnut St., Oakland) invites all of its members to display their work in a group show that highlights the range of the artistic talent it represents. This year, the show was titled HERE, and featured more than 250 works. From that collection, guest curator Aimee Friberg (director of CULT Exhibitions gallery in San Francisco) chose five artists — Mariet Braakman, Sabine Reckewell, Afton Love, Amy Nathan, and Joyce Nojima — to invite back for HERE Part II. When choosing the works, Friberg was interested in the curatorial theme of meditative mark-making, including repetitive practices, the exploration of volume, and works that comment on their own materiality. The piece that literally takes center stage in the show is Nojima’s large, untitled, white plastic installation that hangs from the ceiling. To create the piece, Nojima repeatedly punctured a sheet of plastic with a heated metal rod until it deteriorated into a decaying net of burnt material. Reckewell’s site-specific installations form an interesting dialogue with Nojima’s work. Using yarn and ribbon, she draws repeated lines from the wall to the floor, creating a three-dimensional drawing that warps one’s perception of space. Altogether, the show isn’t exceptionally memorable, but offers a worthwhile view into the practices of five talented artists from different regions of the Bay Area. Free
Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut St. (in Live Oak Park), Berkeley (map)


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)


Paintings by Julie Schumer: Without Hesitation

Through Feb. 14
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery presents a solo exhibit with artist Julie Schumer. Without Hesitation focuses on recent work in the artist's bold expressive style. Landscapes are constructed in an intuitive manner in the tradition of post-modern expressionism. Free
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette (map)


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