Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Chosen Terrain: Choose fast

By awoodall
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 at 8:55 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl.

Don’t miss the last 2 weekends of our current show Chosen Terrain: Mary Curtis Ratcliff & Jamie Morgan, continuing through September 27th. Mercury 20 Gallery is open Fridays from 4-7pm and and Saturdays from 12 noon- 3pm. Drop by the gallery for an opportunity to view this fascinating show, get more background about the artists, perhaps purchase a piece for your home or office.
Here’s what the East Bay Express’ art critic DeWitt Cheng says about Chosen Terrain… “Jamie Morgan‘s pastels and prints and Mary Curtis Ratcliff‘s mixed-media works at Mercury 20 take topography and the sense of place as mere jumping-off points for subjective interpretation. Morgan’s houses and cars are recognizable urban/suburban scene ‘portraits’, but they also crystallize color, light and atmosphere, tending toward abstract geometry. While some of his images may be based on old architectural photos, Morgan’s streamlined vision and direct rendering preclude nostalgia –as in Burchfield and Hopper, invoked here. Ratcliff prints large gray-scale digital photographs of landscape motifs from her travels in India and the American West and draws and paints on them, sometimes also adding collage and transfers, creating complex montages that play with scale and spatial ambiguity: abstraction and depiction go in and out of focus as we visually negotiate these hybrid spaces, equally centripetal and expansive, in which far and near intermingle, suggesting ritual transport and transformation.”
More info at www.mercurytwenty.com. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at mercurytwenty@gmail.com or call 510-701-4620.

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