Thirty-six artworks by eighteen artists were selected from more than a hundred entries by the Oakland Museum of California's René de Guzman and Berkeley Art Center's former Acting Director, Kate Eilertsen, for this annual juried members' show (to which admission is, of course, free). The artists include Henrique Bagulho, Leigh Barbier, Mariet Braakman, Iris Charabi-Berggren, Emily Clawson, Morgan Ford, Julie V. Garner, John Hundt, Lisa Martin, Liz Maxwell, Anthony Lazorko, Masako Miki, Camilla Newhagen, Henry Navarro, Sarah Newton, Jonathan Solo, Hyewon Yoon, and Alex Zecca, and the work covers a wide range of subjects, styles, and approaches to the versatile medium of paper.
There is no common theme to the work, of course, but among the noteworthy pieces are Henrique Bagulho's two "I am the World" digital photos, presenting multiple versions of himself engaged in various scenarios — awaiting execution by a pantomime firing squad at some prison or bunker, and swarming about the grand stairway at San Francisco's City Hall; Leigh Barbier's mixed-media paintings "The New Arrivals" and "The Valley of Decision and Trade," depicting fantastic or fairy-tale mountain landscapes filled with small groups of enigmatic elfin figures; Iris Charabi-Berggren's graphite drawings of birds (gyrfalcon, hummingbird, and Budgerigar) on partially woven sheets of paper that suggest plumage or nests; Morgan Ford's color photograph, "Vintage," with its cropped view of 1962 or so, judging by woman's print dress and the sky-blue Mercury Comet behind her; Julie V. Garner's large-format color photos of industrial architecture ("Sugar Factory," "Alameda Grey"), cut into strips and woven together; John Hundt's surreal collaged-engraving portraits of a cephalopod scientist and a paleontologist; Anthony Lazorko's California roadscape woodcuts of a truck stop and a McDonald's both seen from far off, as if from a speeding auto; Lisa Martin's conceptual ink drawings based on maps of the United States in the mid-18th century; Liz Maxwell's white-on-black drawings, "Thistle" and "Wings for Another Leo," their linear and transparent floral motifs suggesting psychic states; Henry Navarro's white-on-white cut-paper "Self" collages, probably based on photographs; Sarah Newton's aquatint photo-etchings of San Francisco street scenes, "Cesar Chavez and Mission" and "Mission St., Parking Lot"; Jonathon Solo's gender-bending portrait drawing with collage "Hunted" and "She Loved Me"; and Hyewon Yoon's ink drawing "Abandoned Structures 1," depicting a white plain filled with odd structures of rock and shell. Juried@BAC: Works on Paper runs through September 20 at Berkeley Art Center (1275 Walnut St., Berkeley). BerkeleyArtCenter.org or 510-644-6893.
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