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Outward Inward 2 

When: Feb. 11-28 2009

The interface between the urban and natural landscapes is so visually rich that our concept of beauty now encompasses blunt, utilitarian geometry and picturesque decay and decrepitude (rust, flaking paint, shattered windows, etc.) as well as the traditional sky, water, and verdure. Bianca Kolonusz-Partee employs Oakland's waterfront as seen from a Jackson Square parking garage as the basis for her large, immersive wall installation, "Onward Inward 2," composed of scraps of cardboard, paper, and plastic tacked to the wall in loose configurations reminiscent of Tony Cragg's plastic-shard mosaics; her buildings, power poles, and Trojan-Horse cranes, however, draw us in spatially, unlike the British sculptor's figures and simplified objects. The repurposing of industrial detritus to create a seemingly makeshift landscape of containers and container ships raises issues of packaging and consumption. Also shown is a preparatory sketch on vellum. The show Outward Inward 2runs through February 21 at Pro Arts (550 Second St., Oakland). ProArtsGallery.org or 510-763-4361.


— DeWitt Cheng

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