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When: Dec. 26-Jan. 4 2013
Price: free

Cinema is ostensibly the theme of FLICK, now at Creative Growth Gallery, and, to be sure, maybe 30 percent of the works on display engage with film -- echoing and distorting Hollywood image codes, depicting starlets of the silver screen, producing alternative posters and other such ephemera, and so on. But the real occasion for this profusion of work is in fact an annual holiday sale -- as good an opportunity as any to peruse the sprawling creative output of this distinctive and always lively arts community. From Nick Pagan's unnerving sculptures of Batman villains, to William Tyler's illustrated, poetry-packed windows ("Safe and Clean are in Oakland California for now" one begins, followed by a laundry list of acronyms referring to or perhaps merely evocative of government agencies and institutions), to an impressive diptych by Dan Miller juxtaposing chaotic line drawing and imbricated, typewritten text, there is much to take in. Most of it's off topic, but no matter. FLICK runs through January 4 at Creative Growth Gallery (355 24th St., Oakland). 510-836-2340 or

— Alex Bigman


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