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Palm at the End of the Mind 

When: Thu., June 10, 12-6 p.m. 2010
Price: Free

In "Of Mere Being," the poet Wallace Stevens imagines a "palm at the end of the mind ... at the edge of space" from whose living branches "A gold-feathered bird Sings ... without human meaning, Without human feeling." Metaphysics seems to link the three artists in this show, although life's meaning remains as safely elusive as the "foreign song" of mythical birds. Justin Margitich's detailed graphite drawings and YuliaPinkusevich's expressionistic charcoal drawings depict mental landscapes. Margitich's crystalline quarries or mountainscapes are uninhabited, but alive, while Pinkusevich's tumultuous, undulating vistas threaten to topple and crash onto their small explorers. Ty Pownall's "Orb" sculptures are disconcertingly un-astronomical oddments of scavenged materials, and his large, suspended installations are equally ambiguous: landscapes or cloudscapes conjured from metal fencing and plastic, now in shambles, that generate drawn "shadows" where they touch the walls. Palm runs through June 19 at Alphonse Berber Gallery (2546 Bancroft Way, Berkeley). 510-649-9492 or AlphonseBerber.com

— DeWitt Cheng

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