Through Dec. 29
The exhibit Urban Outskirts is remarkably representative of the gallery that is housing it. Nestled in Jack London’s warehouse district, Blackball Universe (230 Madison St., Oakland) is a music, art, and film collective that hosts an eclectic variety of art shows — among many other things. To visit, ring the doorbell, ascend the narrow staircase, and enter into a disorienting, bohemian maze of varying texture, color, and lighting. The creative fun house is in perfect tune with the paintings by Seren Moran, Lorna Strotz, and Lauren Scherf-Srivastava that currently hang in its gallery. Each artist offers her own wild, architectural impressions of urban landscapes in varying degrees of abstraction. Influenced by Brazilian cityscapes, Berkeley native Moran reimagines conventional depth perspective with rebellious, jutting angles in vibrant, parrot-feather hues of acrylic. Meanwhile, Strotz’s abstract watercolors depict forms reminiscent of boats and spaceships with a romantic blend of bleeding colors. Altogether, the experience of the show pushes the possibilities for urban spaces to take on unconventional beauty.