Good Times 

Kelly Inouye at Interface Gallery.

In Good Times, artist Kelly Inouye’s second solo show at Interface Gallery (486 49th St., Oakland), Inouye invokes worlds that feel subtly familiar and yet distinctly strange. The water color painter uses scenes from Seventies and Eighties television shows — such as Dynasty, Good Times, Fantasy Island, Flipper, Gentle Ben, and Lassie — as source imagery for her fluid renderings that wash in and out of realism and abstraction. In doing so, the work poetically speaks to the way that fragmented memories of media linger in contemporary culture, lacing current creative output with nostalgia. As the show description reads: “Dissolving into negative space, these manufactured scenes of everyday life hint at a larger narrative context and amplify the sense of odd sentimentality associated with pop culture of a bygone era that was not so long ago.” At the artist’s reception on April 1 (6–9 p.m.), Interface will release a limited-edition book of Inouye’s work.

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