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Degeneration/Regeneration 

When: May 2-June 2 2014
Few subjects are more prevalent in today’s cultural cognition than the dichotomy between the natural and the technological — especially in the Bay Area, where a landscape that was once the natural frontier is becoming the frontier of technological innovation and integration into daily life. So, it’s only inevitable that artists across the region should be tapping into this tension as inspiration for their work. The latest example can be found in Degeneration/Regeneration, a split show at Loakal Gallery (560 2nd St., Oakland) featuring painter Scott Greenwalt and artistic duo Smith|Allen, made up of sculptor and installation artist Stephanie Smith and architect and designer Bryan Allen. Greenwalt’s large-scale, acrylic paintings use intricate line work to build abstract tangles of color that seem to buzz with electricity while also evoking the organic forms of biological cells or fine, interwoven roots. His color palette is made up of earth tones and neon hues that disregard the distinctions between the traditional and the futuristic, the down-to-earth and the extra-terrestrial. Alongside, Smith|Allen creates 3D-printed sculptures that mimic organic forms like coral reef, yet in the delicately layered and quintessentially manufactured texture of a plastic print. Working with biodegradable plastic, the duo’s work challenges viewers to rethink the opposition between organic forms and pioneering modes of production.
— Sarah Burke

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