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Interface Gallery: Nando Alvarez-Perez’s ‘Portentology’ @ Interface Gallery
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Interface Gallery is pleased to announce Portentology, Nando Alvarez-Perez’s first solo show with the gallery.
Featuring work by Sarah Cathers, Anna Nearburg, and John Zane Zappas
October 20th – November 26th
Reception: Friday, October 20th from 6-9 pm

For this exhibition, Alvarez-Perez imagines the gallery as a kind of divination room, presenting a series of new photographs along with related objects –science fiction books, religious iconography, drug paraphernalia, and divination tools—that allude to the many ways we try to make meaning of the world and predict what’s to come.

Among the objects are works made by artists Alvarez-Perez invited to contribute; John Zappas (wooden ash trays), Sarah Cathers (pe…ndulum dousers), and Anna Nearburg (stone and metal book ends). The objects are presented on shelves and on a table in the center of the gallery, where three coins and a copy of the I Ching invite visitors to cast and read their own hexagrams. Two Eames chairs are also provided for visitors to sit and read the books presented. As the artist notes, Eames’ son called it the “chair of tomorrow.”

Attempting to divine the future is a universal endeavor with ancient roots that feels particularly compelling given the political uncertainty of our times. Alvarez-Perez invites viewers to consider the various approaches he presents—from chance methods and altered states to the reading of novels and visual art—as valid forms of meaning-making that, while elusive, can be deeply nourishing and informative.

Mercury 20: Terry Dunn ‘Garden 2’ @ Mercury 20
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Terry Dunn: Garden 2

Oct 19th – Nov 25th

In Garden 2 Oakland artist Terry Dunn presents his latest work, three-dimensional wall pieces.  Individual carved and painted elements are assembled and evolved into whimsical and evocative concoctions.  In response to a sense of dread due to the current destructive impact of humans on the natural world, Dunn has turned to the exuberant beauty of nature for inspiration and solace.  By closely observing plants, and in particular flowers, he has reinvented nature and created a fantastic and playful botanical world.

Terry Dunn was born in Portland, Oregon.  He earned his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1982.  He has resided in the Bay Area since then.  His work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest and New York City.  This is his sixth solo exhibition at Mercury 20 Gallery.

– Artists Reception: Saturday, October 21, 3-6 pm; Artist Talks 4:30
– First Friday Art Murmur: Friday, November 3, 6-9 pm

Jingletown 2nd Friday Art Walk @ Jingletown Oakland & Alameda Galleries
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jingletown 2nd Friday Art Walk @ Jingletown Oakland & Alameda Galleries
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm