Berkeley Art Center’s Make Space group exhibition, which includes artwork by Randy Dixon, Nancy Ivanhoe, Tressa Pack, Erik Parra and Dimitra Skandali explores how space, place, its property and construction affects not only the reading and interpretation of art objects but also audience’s interaction with them. Berkeley Art Center’s new executive director, Aimee Le Duc writes, “The artists in Make Space are confronting architecture as both subject and object. They will incorporate Berkeley Art Center into their installations and work – including both the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery. The exhibition is an experiment to test how physical space informs art practice.” berkeleyartcenter

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Oakland artist Cameron Thompson’s solo show, ‘Perched’ at loakal boutique and​ gallery takes its inspiration from the artist’s desire to find balance in both his art and his life. — the title of the show  evokes this search to find a stable place to observe and reflect.

Something Completely Different
City Limits Gallery, Oakland 
Through September 13, 2014

Sixty artists have been invited to contribute to Something Completely Different, a sprawling salon-style group show unlike any of the previous exhibitions at City Limits. The participating artists, at various stages of their respective careers, have been asked to contribute one new work which differs from anything they have made before. Although the format of the exhibition has changed, the simple invitation to “make something different” aligns with the goal for every exhibition at City Limits: to show new works by artists which deviate from their usual art practice or discipline.

The opening reception for this show will function as a fundraiser for City Limits, an artist-run space which is currently funded and operated indepedently of grants or outside financial support. At the reception, limited edition City Limits merchandise will be available, as well as refreshments courtesy of Pacific Coast Brewery in Old Oakland.

Participating artists include Aidan Koch, Alyssa Block, Andrea Bergart, Arianne Bird, Austin English, Benjamin Ashlock, Brian Putnam, Carissa Potter Carlson, Carrie Katz, Cate Nelson, Chandra Baerg, Chelsea Wong, Conrad Guevara, Courtney Johnson, Daniel Jefferies, Daniel Yovino, David Bayus, Facundo Argañaraz, Franco Maldonado, Grace Rosario Perkins, Jackie Im & Aaron Harbour, James Cordas, James Sterling Pitt, Jane Kim, Jennie Lennick, Jon Gourley, Justin Margitich, Kiaro Cho, Kindah Khalidy, Lana Williams, Leora Lutz, Lindsay Tully, Li Ma, Lisa Cralle, Luca Nino Antonucci, Maciej Makalowski, Mario Ayala, Mark Benson, Matt Kotzin, Michelle Ramin, Mie Hørlyck Mogensen, Mitsu Okubo, Nicole Lavelle, Omer Gal, Pete Hickok, Quintessa Matranga, Rafael de la Cruz, Rebekah Goldstein, Sam Mell, Sam Spano, Sarah Hotchkiss, Sarah Thibault, Scott Longo, Sheryl Oppenheim, Stephanie Rohlfs, Susannah Dotson, Takeshi Moro, Tamra Seal, 1038 Projects, and Yina Kim

"Threshold," a dual show with artwork by Amy Ho & Kana Tanaka

Through September 18, 2014 at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary

"In this exhibition at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, space and light are amplified and perfectly balanced in the sensibilities of artists Amy M. Ho and Kana Tanaka. Building on the experiential work of such artists as James Turrell and Robert Irwin, both Ho and Tanaka push at the boundaries of physical and psychological space within the limited scale of the gallery.

Ho’s installation in the front gallery space is a departure from her usual process of projecting enlarged images of the small maquettes that she builds. The resulting effect might illuminate a wall or ceiling with the illusion of stairways, doors and similar architectural structures that do not otherwise exist, and the experience is one of being physically present within a chimera, inhabiting the imaginary. In this installation, the original design for the maquette is built to life-size. Rectangular frames recede inside one another in alternating black and white, generating an optical effect of infinite space visible from both the exterior and interior of the gallery simultaneously.


Tanaka has created installations in galleries as well as numerous public art works that suspend crystalline glass forms and reflect ambient and natural light. Echoing phenomena such as rain, snow, ice, condensation, and falling or floating leaves, her installations bring the soothing, meditative quality of being outside, inside.

Opposite Ho’s work, Tanaka’s installation of suspended glass droplets and orbs cascade gently from the other side of the gallery.  The fragility and close proximity of glass objects in a state of frozen free fall generate a sensation the artist calls a ‘trigger moment’, a heightened awareness of the body moving through space. 

Tanaka is drawn to working with glass because it is a very challenging medium. “It’s important to make mistakes as you work with it…the material often leads to something unexpected,” she says. Though a given piece may have a repetitive form, individually each element is embedded with the folds and scars of an organic process.”

— Claudia Tennyson

Detail of Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural in progress (now complete).  
Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway.

Detail of Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural in progress (now complete).  

Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway.

4th Annual Printmakers Picnic in Mosswood ParkOn Sunday August 17, a variety of local artists brought their printwork on all materials from t-shirts to canvases, paper, and panel to Oakland’s historic Mosswood Park, set up a blanket to display their artwork, and spent the day exchanging ideas and socializing with fellow artists and their audiences. »>