TRUTH (GROUP ART EXHIBITION) – MERCURY 20 GALLERY
December 5 - December 28Free
Truth, echoing the Spandau Ballet’s song lyrics “Oh, I want the truth to be said, I know this much is true,” Mercury 20 Gallery artists share their vulnerable expressions on a deeper level. From a personal to a global perspective, each reveals the truth of their art.
Artist Name: JO ANN BIAGINI ROHAN DACOSTA NICK DONG P.K. FRIZZELL PANTEA KARIMI KATHLEEN KING SARA LISCH JILL MCLENNAN CHRISTINE MEURIS CHARLIE MILGRIM JOHANNA POETHIG MARY CURTIS RATCLIFF FERNANDO REYES NEO SERAFIMIDIS ELIZABETH SHER LEAH VIRSIK
About Artist: Pantea Karimi is exhibiting variously-sized Hybrid Volvelles (2015, detail above right) that mix and match Persian, Arab and European scientific images and information with the aim to construct historical knowledge of various cultural points of view into one form and to highlight the truth of a long-term exchange of ideas across cultures. In Kathleen King's sculpture titled Tears (2019, detail above), modernist and post-modernist ideas converse around the juxtaposition of a black square and a waterfall of white buttons tied together in chains. The piece explores Truth and its conditions including utopian ideals, violent histories and human connection. Sara Lisch's work Unveiled (2019) explores the search for truth within each of us and what is exposed by lifting the veils. Jill McLennan will exhibit clay portraits of a variety of buildings in Oakland including a historic Art Deco building, an ordinary old apartment complex, a homemade house, and the automobile dealership that was recently torn down on the corner of Broadway and 23rd Street. McLennan's art documents the evolution of the Bay Area and the truth of what once existed. The High Stakes Divination Cards (2019) play with the powers of suggestion using the resonance of image and text as a form of prediction. The oracles are selected from Johanna Poethig's paintings, sculptures, photographs and scavenged from multiple sources. Symbols open up doors of time, place, personal and universal myth making and storytelling in our search for truths about our lives. This is a multi-dimensional work of conceptual, mystical and participatory art that changes shape with every reading.