What's Happening in East Bay Art 

Our critics weigh in on local art.

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Paint Behaving Badly -- The dark, dank YWCA lounge doesn't do justice to the colorful, playful takes on shrink-wrapped culture from Philip Donahue and Whitney Vosburgh, exhibiting through the month. The two locals present 23 abstract, sheen-enhanced color and form studies that eschew brushes for resin and giclée-sprayed messes, all lacquered and shiny like a new toy from Best Buy. Donahue's "Hot Springs" drenches thick tactile layers of clear resin over a green and blue swirling depiction of light and shadow; the point of view is ostensibly from the bottom of a hot spring looking up. Vosburgh's "Veiled Threat" uses polymer paint and dry-cleaner bags draped down the canvas to create the threat of gross, soapy discharge. Rivulets are frozen midfall, threatening the cleanliness of the whole room but failing to deliver. (Through October 31 at 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, YWCA-Berkeley.org)

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