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The Allstar Show — The Boontling Gallery has just opened its latest show, featuring the "very best" of its two years in existence. It's a motley collection, with two pieces each from twelve artists. Crystal Morey's include 3D wall hangings of a naked, pot-bellied woman sitting atop a Wally Byam-esque trailer home and another perched upon a hollow tree; Josh Keyes has painted nature scenes with a touch of Escher (e.g., a jungle cat pacing the inner surface of a wheel of grass, the opposite side of which is sidewalk). You'll also find the heavy influence of graphic novel stylings in works by Loren Purcell, Vincent Perea, and Jon Nagel. Adam 5100's gloomy but somehow fluid renderings of the basements and the understairs of buildings are surprisingly arresting, and John Casey's meticulous mutant beings in jackets and ties may disturbingly remind you of a co-worker or boss. (Through December 17 at 4224 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; or 510-295-8881.)


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