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Bay Area Currents 2012: What We Can't See But Want to See is Art 

When: July 3-Aug. 24 2012

Bay Area Currents is a yearly exhibition showcasing a handful of noteworthy, emerging local artists. Their only commonality is that they impressed one esteemed juror -- this year, gallery director and professor at California College of the Arts Renny Pritikin. If there is any unifying theme beyond that, it is probably coincidence. Yet, the works comprising What we can't see but want to see is art.do seem to belong together, netted by a pervasive quietness. This is not to say they are dull; quite the contrary. Masako Miki's gold-flecked mural of wolves devouring a deer registers somewhere between the cosmic and the antique; Tressa Pack's untitled photographs seem to depict the secret lives of her lighting equipment, which congregate and contemplate under cover of dawn and dusk; Sofia Sharpe draws an anemic-looking set of tools belonging to her late father. All have a sense of that which is capable of being felt, but perhaps not spoken. What we can't see but want to see is art. runs through August 24 at Pro Arts (150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland). 510-763-4361 or ProArtsGallery.org

— Alex Bigman

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