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Transfiguration 

When: Sept. 7-Oct. 28 2012
Joyce Gordon Gallery exhibits the work of three mid-career artists whose styles have recently evolved, though not along any tracks likely to grab the spotlight in the field of contemporary art. Gerald Griffin, for one, returned from a trip to Europe with an interest in fresco painting. Hence, his recent impressionistic paintings, mostly of women looking glamorous or dazed, bear the 18th-century technique’s thick, gesso-formed strokes. Chukes, meanwhile, produces ceramic sculptures of female heads with Asiatic eyes, angular cheekbones, and large crania. They are somewhat alien-like, an effect further emphasized by the artist’s recent experiments with adding bright pigment. Finally, Monjett Graham’s paintings have taken a decisive turn toward the abstract — products of palette knife and sponge drawing color fields, apparently struggling for dominance, across canvas. Certainly this is one of the more memorable, if in places eyebrow-raising, commercial gallery exhibitions now running. Transfiguration runs through October 28 at Joyce Gordon Gallery (406 14th St., Oakland). 510-465-8928 or JoyceGordonGallery.com
— Alex Bigman

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