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Every Day is not the Same 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 6 2010

Repeated simple geometric forms can exercise a hypnotic pull on viewers willing to take a slow, meditative look, as demonstrated by the works of Ad Reinhardt and Agnes Martin (who is well represented in the Fisher Collection now on display at SFMOMA). So do the paintings of Pablo Manga and Hadley Williams, mixed-media constructions that achieve a minimalist look with unorthodox materials -- transparent adhesive tape on gessoed panel for Manga; tissue paper, correction tape, and encaustic for Williams. Manga's horizontally striated Linescapes, named after lunar craters once thought to be bodies of water ("Mare Nectaris," "Mare Undarum"), invoke seascapes, as well as the scanning of the human eye. Williams' "White Wax Rectangles" and "Red Wax Circles," with their ambiguous figure/ground relationships, suggest gradual metamorphosis and natural processes, as well as hieroglyphics, weaving, and architecture. Every Day runs through August 7 at Branch Gallery (455 17th St., Oakland). 510-508-1764 or BranchBayvan.org

— DeWitt Cheng

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