.Alex Bigman

Sep 4, 2013

Surfaces of Oakland

There are stretches of West Oakland where one could roam without encountering another soul; where the industrial lots and pastel facades take on a...
Aug 28, 2013

Fathoming the Work of Yang Fudong

In Yang Fudong's "The Fifth Night," several lone characters wander listlessly about a sound stage resembling a Shanghai public square. This black-and-white video work,...
Aug 21, 2013

Cal Shake’s ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ Is Far Too Serious

One line in particular escaped Lady Windermere's Fan, Oscar Wilde's early comedy, and managed to attain notoriety in itself: "We are all in the...
Aug 21, 2013

How We Gather

In a world where people like to speak of "connecting," many artists — or, in the present case, curators — have taken on the...
Aug 14, 2013

Men in Perpetual Twilight

"You know what it's like when you're in a room with the light on and then suddenly the light goes out?" asks one character...
Aug 14, 2013

Jennie Ottinger’s Schoolyard Creeps

Past critics have described Jennie Ottinger's paintings as "ghostly." The artist tentatively accepts the observation, venturing that it may have to do with the...
Aug 7, 2013

Lines of Sight

A world of mood rides on the placement of the horizon line. Consider the great Dutch landscape artists, who slung the tree line low,...
Jul 31, 2013

Materials in Procession

Traywick Contemporary's summer show, Traces and Accumulations, includes the work of seven artists, some of whom the gallery has long represented, others of whom...