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Plenty 

When: Jan. 9-Feb. 5 2016
AthenBGallery.com
Plenty is, indeed, lush — but in a subtle way. The group show currently on view at Athen B Gallery (1525 Webster St., Oakland) features nineteen artists, both local and from outside the Bay Area. Scott Cooper’s finely executed ink paintings included in the show encapsulate its overall sense of muted opulence. “Inspiration Shelf” features slightly slanted shelving stacked with elaborate pieces of art, each cleanly rendered in flat, translucent tones. Meanwhile, Michael Reeder’s paintings on wood panel feature emotionless figures emitting smoke while dressed in vibrant, clown-like palettes that feel almost contradictory to the subjects’ apathy. In Laura Berger’s “Purification,” simply rendered naked women lounge in and around a minimalist vase. Collectively, the works make for a rich feast that’s worthwhile but not overwhelming. — Sarah Burke

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