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Distant Sun 

When: July 1-Aug. 31 2013
Price: Free
In Distant Sun, Raymond Wong presents a series of collaged, alien-looking landscapes that, as with all sci-fi representation, in fact consist of displaced elements drawn from present-day Earth — specifically, art museum catalogs. Wong is a talented collage artist in this regard, juxtaposing sublime sunsets, rugged terrain, and isolated ruins to curious effect. They verge on sermonizing at times, as with the suggestive placement of apartment-building ruins at the foot of a melting iceberg — what feels like a chastisement for a future we’ve already sealed. Some works, like the thunder-clappingly apocalyptic “Fall,” are more overtly biblical. In addition to this strong series, Wong presents a rather dumbfounding handful of paintings. One seems to depict the interior of a spaceship; another, an adolescent girl exposing her pubic hair. One gets the feeling that Wong would stand to benefit from greater critical scrutiny. Still, such a clearly personal and, in places, very sharp exhibition merits praise. At Panorama Framing (3350 Grand Ave., Oakland).
— Alex Bigman

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