About Mercury 20 Gallery
An artist-run gallery founded as a venue for contributing members to exhibit, sell, and promote each other’s art in the Oakland/East Bay community. Mercury 20 Gallery hosts openings, art and community events, ...
Please join Mercury 20 Gallery for the First Friday festivities featuring our artists Julie Alvarado, Jo Ann Biagini and Jill McLennan, and their current shows.
A Nice Place to Visit: Faced with the possibility of having to move out of the Bay Area, Julie Alvarado has created a loving tribute to San Francisco through a series of paintings focusing on places and things that visitors think of as quintessential. Gathering ideas from old books, postcards and internet images, Alvarado makes narrative paintings that are both humorous and absurd. Into very familiar cityscapes she adds subjects of gigantic proportion, drawing fondly from old science fiction horror films. Alvarado admits that while it’s a great place to visit, she doesn’t want to leave her heart, or any other vital organs, in San Francisco.
Dwelling: Jill McLennan watches Jingletown, her neighborhood of 14 years, transformed by community and development. As an artist, she records history as her chosen refuge vanishes before her eyes. The uncertain future looms over residents in the form of condos and a growing population. Cranes and birds that once frequented the estuary and wetlands have turned into construction cranes. The original community members–generations of families, along with implanted activists and artists–reside within their dwellings, waiting and wondering. McLennan is a participant in this urban displacement and renewal. She is a tenant, landlord, teacher, learner, observer and activist.
Pentimento: Jo Ann Biagini creates multilayered, collaged artworks inspired by the natural world. Reconfiguring pages from books about nature, and playing with imagery through drawing, painting, image transfer, layering and sanding, she explores connections among elements and patterns, both real and imagined. With these additive and subtractive processes, enhanced by improvisations of shape, color, scale and meaning, she evokes a sense of curiosity and mystery about the workings of the natural world and our relationships to it. “Pentimento” refers to the many corrections or repentances that are painted over and changed in the process of creating her works.
SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 14, 2017
– Artists Reception: Saturday, September 9, 4-7 pm; Artist Talks 4:30
– First Friday Art Murmur: Friday, October 6, 6-9 pm