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Choice Parts 

When: Tue., July 7 2009

We who consume meat and products based on animal research usually distance ourselves from what agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics do behind closed doors with a certain ironic detachment. Roald Dahl's ripely arch story "Pig," a parody of Candide, is a good example: a naive young man, raised vegetarian by his aunt Glosspan, no less (conflating Pangloss and gravy preparation), discovers pork and ends up in the wrong part of a slaughterhouse, passing from "this, the best of all possible worlds...into the next." Gale Hart's new paintings examine the human abuse of power toward people and animals, and despite their handsomely patterned silhouettes, they're serious stuff. In "Forced to Wear Makeup," a gunwoman aims at a companion's rabbit head; in "Property," a man compels a dog to heel. Also showing: CJ Mammarella's drawings of nude women, some animal-headed or masked, and Shelly Cournoyer's mythology-themed metal sculptures.Choice Parts runs through July 25 at Front Gallery (35 Grand Ave., Oakland). FrontGalleryOakland.com or 510-444-1900.


— DeWitt Cheng

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