Bumper Crop at Berkeley Art Center

The gallery showcases a bevy of local talent.

[email protected] for 2010 was juried by Lauren Davies (Kala Art Institute) and Carrie Lederer (Bedford Gallery). The artist-curators praised this year’s “wide array of imaginative works in a variety of media, including a surprising emphasis on portraiture.” The eclectic mix provides something for everyone.

The ironically/humorously inclined will enjoy Julie Alvarado‘s accordion-themed “Deep Sea Serenade;” Sung Jae Bang‘s Pop paeans to indigenous American cuisine, “French Fries” and “Milkshake;” Haelee Choi‘s “A Bride of Lebanon;” Mark Faigenbaum‘s deglamorized “Carole Lombard;” Ashley Eberlein‘s undies-clad young couple in “T&N’s Favorites;” Michael Fram‘s cheerfully folk-artish “Beach Scene;” Mik Gaspay‘s deadpan watercolors of a family photo and a video monitor; Narangker Glover‘s oddball “Shangri-La Girls School: Ranjit House Clobberfest;” Randall Heath‘s peekaboo assemblage, “Springtime for Emily;” John Hundt‘s collage, “Witch Doctor;” Camilla Newhagen‘s business-suit sculpture, “Weight;” Lena Reynoso‘s portraits of John Adams and John Quincy Adams (and one of the interlopers, Jefferson); Samuelle Richardson‘s sewn sculptures of heads; Deborah Service‘s painting of children with deleted faces, “Miss California;” and Allison Watkins‘ “Closet Study #2.”  Don’t miss Teresa Cunniff‘s hypnotic polar-bear video, “Beast,” or Michael Ross‘ curious painting, “Woodpecker Crucifixion.”

Realists will incline to Gary Comoglio‘s linoprint, “Portrait of Rembrandt;” Dee Conway‘s photographs, “Fall Sky” and “Night Sky;” Lee Hunter‘s trailer photo, “Prefab Detail No.1: San Pablo CA;” Gary Nakamoto‘s photo of canine calming, “Orchidectomy;” Clare Rickman‘s portrait, “Julia and Miley;” and Kimberly Sikora‘s classroom candid, “The Little Red Hen.” Barbara Foster‘s carbon print photo, “I116E Silo;” and Donna J. Wan‘s “At the Gorge” hit this writer’s documentary sweet tooth.

Finally, for lovers of abstraction and conceptualism (note the elision), there are Edythe Bresnahan‘s minimalist oil, “Siena Series #60;” Jason Byers‘ two “Four by For” geometric abstractions; Lisa Espenmiller‘s lyrical monochromes, “Empty Yet Structured” and “How to Yield;” Eric Larson‘s astro-almanac collage, “Lunar Year;” Nancy Mintz‘ abstract etching with thread, “Hoopla” (with its embroidery-pun title); Hilary Pecis‘ psychedelic mixed-media landscape, “Untitled (Fall Season);” and Susan Wolf‘s mixed-media monotype, “Residual Doings #1,” harking back to Paul Klee. Required viewing here: Nancy Genn‘s ramiform bronze, “Expanding Oval;” and Edith Hillinger‘s cubistic (but nature-themed) collage, “Trio.” [email protected] runs through September 26 at Berkeley Art Center (1275 Walnut St., Berkeley). 510-644-6893 or BerkeleyArtCenter.org


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