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Stick-Built 

When: Sept. 10-Oct. 31 2008

Stick-built homes are constructed onsite from nominal lumberyard stock, so the irregular, organic structures that Krishna Khalsa designs and fabricates from stacks of pneumatically nailed strips of wood fit nicely under that rubric. In her current show at Pro Arts, Khalsa has abandoned her usual lofty columns and towers for smaller stacks, between approximately two and four feet high, made of one-by-one-foot stock sawn into various lengths and nailed into stacking trapezoids. Tapered at top and bottom, and affixed to the floor and wall in wavering, undulating poses, these forms suggest rude wooden invertebrates (caterpillars, centipedes, sea cucumbers, slugs, or Slinkies) climbing, or standing upright, or perhaps swaying midair in search of a vertical support. (They also suggest baskets, tornados, frontier stockades, and campfire kindling.) It's an elegant, humorous show. Through October 31 at Pro Arts (550 2nd St.,Oakland).ProArtsGallery.org or 510-763-4361.


— DeWitt Cheng

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