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Livia Stein 

When: Thursdays, Fridays, 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 21 2020
There are minimalists and then there are maximalists, like the East Bay’s Livia Stein, who has created an imaginary world that is partly surrealist, partly expressionist, and always vividly colorful, engaging, weird and inexplicably cheerful. The artist is back at Transmission with more than 50 oil paintings on canvas and mixed-media works on paper, in a show entitled Almost Human, which befits her universe of animal-people hybrids, some suggestive of puppets or kachina dolls, caught in enigmatic encounters. “Two Beasts” depicts the meeting of two parrot-beaked bipeds, with one bowing to the other. “Two Creatures,” by contrast, has its couple standing back to back, as if sulking. In “Caged,” a crowned and gowned woman with a long proboscis stands beside a metal cage from which two bizarre creatures emerge. A tall masked figure holds her leashed airborne pet in “Black Bird Flies,” while a round-bodied doll bobs disconsolately in the water in “Figure in Pink.”
— DeWitt Cheng

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