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Big Bang: New Work at Mercury 20 

When: Dec. 19-Jan. 26 2008

Any co-op is going to have those who pull their weight and those who don't. And Mercury 20, the artists' co-op, is no exception. However, while some of the pieces in their current group show featuring new work may be weak, the strongest ones are very strong. Julie Alvarado's travel-themed, postcard-sized watercolors are cunningly rendered, eliciting both a cynic's scoffing of Winnebago travelers and a twinge of poignant nostalgia for a time when the Grand Canyon really did seem grand. Charlie Milgrim's planetary bowling balls (black Mercury is mounted to the wall, while a swirling red Mars gazes up from its surveyor's tripod) are whimsical and weighty; and David Seiler's "gringosincorazonypiel" features a little homunculus of glue and super sculpey with his skinless musculature in full, unsettling view. He is like the Invisible Man, but shorter and plumper, sporting a rictus mask and a gaping stigmata wound where his heart should be. "Big Bang: New Work at Mercury 20" runs through January 26 at Mercury 20, 25 Grand Ave., or 510-701-4620.

— Jakki K. Spicer


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