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Zen With a Kickstand 

When: May 6-July 1 2011

Steven Barich continues exploring the theme of cultural coding as embodied in artifacts; his well-executed conceptual drawings depict objects yet unmade, like Borges' faux literary reviews of works by imaginary authors, lighted as if for a museum catalog. Four of the drawings (including "The Embrace" and "Concentricity") picture oddly shaped gerrymanderish fragments, flat like manuscripts, or sculptural like ceramics, of indecipherable pixel patterning, set atop carved-wood pedestals like the traditional Chinese "scholar stones" used for tabletop contemplation. Two larger drawings, in color ("Visual Block-Aid" and "Little Big Boy"), depict deckle-edged fragments of Noland-style stripe paintings mounted atop pedestals. "Zen with a Kickstand" depicts a Zen enso, or hand-painted circle, filled in with digital chatter, and propped up with bike hardware; a hand-painted print "with a single pixel filled with a unique color" is available. Zen with a Kickstand runs through July 1 at Branch Gallery (455 17th St., Oakland). 510-508-1764 or BranchBayvan.org

— DeWitt Cheng

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