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Small Worlds 

When: April 9-29 2012

Robert Brady is a treasure -- a prolific East Bay genius who has been consistently showing his art locally for 45 years. In his new show, Small Worlds, an intimate collection of work at Trax Gallery (1812 Fifth St., Berkeley), we get a succinct cross section of the master's portfolio of ceramic sculpture. The cozy gallery, complete with koi pond and shaggy dog, is the perfect casual environment for this understated show. Amid an almost biological array of large, painted stones are small, figurative works that resemble bright, animistic totems nearly springing to life with expressionist candor and a kind of wit that only decades of honest practice can bring. Even in Brady's few paintings on display, form is a platonic notion that's not understandable without the filter of his own interpretation. Small Worlds runs through April 29. 510-540-8729 or TraxGallery.com

— Obi Kaufmann

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