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David Seiler 

When: May 8-July 31 2012

David Seiler's iconic, explosive paintings currently grace the walls of Old Oakland's newest bar/restaurant, District (827 Washington St., Oakland). An emerging East Bay art star and owner of Victorian Rat Gallery, Seiler masterly creates graphic motifs of expertly colored mountains blasting apart, pyramids falling from cloudy perches, and other epic imagery, spread out across hypnotic backgrounds -- invoking graffiti and illustration. District's tall brick walls could easily swallow the works of a less capably dramatic painter, but Seiler's bright-pink lightning storms, electric-blue gods' eyes, and monumental prismatic shapes seem able to potently dominate the cavernous space. By opening with the works of David Seiler, District has announced itself as an Oakland art destination, although currently there's no plan to take the paintings down anytime soon. They'll be on display through July, but don't let that delay you getting down there. 510-272-9110 or DistrictOak.com

— Obi Kaufmann

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