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Eighteencharacters

Through Oct. 31
Eighteencharacters
A racehorse’s name must consist of no more than eighteen characters, including spaces and punctuation. That means that “Eighteencharacters” is an acceptable name, but “Eighteen Characters” is not. For their show at Interface Gallery (486 49th St., Oakland), local artist trio Bonanza (Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams) took this rule as inspiration, along with other arbitrary aesthetics found at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack. In the gallery, an empty wooden frame dangles from the ceiling with a bright blue braid hanging from it. It looks like a horse’s tail hanging out of a stable — except in another universe in which everything is clean, shiny, and chic. A sculpture that resembles a finish-line flag stands in one corner, held down by green sandbags. The pieces resemble the races, but only very slightly, like props in an Eighties music video with a minimalist jockey theme. The overall installation is playfully self-aware, riffing off the way stage names adorn identity with romanticized representations of the self. — Sarah Burke Free
Interface Gallery 480 49th St., Oakland (map)

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Every Night I Tell Myself I Am The Cosmos: New Work by Sofia Cordova

Through Nov. 8
415-690-3041
A solo exhibition of new work by Sofía Córdova, describing an apocalyptic future located around the Caribbean. Free
Royal NoneSuch Gallery 4321 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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