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The Constructed Landscape 

When: Oct. 4-16 2010

Mark Baugh-Sasaki investigates human perception and our impact on the environment in The Constructed Landscape (or construed?). The title may suggest Manufactured Landscapes, the documentary on Edward Burtynsky, whose epic industrial ecology photos share commonalities with Baugh-Sasaki's "Disused System" prints. It's the sculptures and installations that make a larger impression here, however. "The Constructed Landscape" roughs up KrowsworkGallery's normally orderly church pews; here, flung about as if by tornadoes, they rest at odd angles amid heaps of wooden planks and half-buried video monitors that cast their window-like blue-white glow skyward. In "Linear Progression" a topographic plaster grid becomes a miniature world onto which sliding landscapes videotaped from trains and planes are projected. Finally, two steel sculptures frame photographic slices of landscape; they're mounted like huge microscope slides ("Cypress") or splayed like playing cards ("SteelRiver"). Constructed Landscapes runs through October 16 at Krowswork Gallery (480 23rd St., Oakland). 510-229-7035 or Krowswork.com

— DeWitt Cheng

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