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Alicia McCarthy & Jenny Sharaf @ Johansson Projects

McCarthy’s paintings appear ad hoc, but are carefully considered. Sharaf’s are gawky accretions of preppy color, barely but bravely held in coherence.

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Teresa Baker @ the Luggage Store

Winner of the Headland’s Tournesol Award, Baker blends the tropes of Minimalism with Native American ceremonial practices.

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Poetic Codings @ SJICA

A selection of contemporary video art, from abstract, generative pieces to musical software, and from cyber poetry to games.

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Amy Ellingson @ San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Ellingson’s art confronts “the enormity of contemporary virtual experience” while asserting “the humanness of painting.”

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“Build” @ Traywick Contemporary

Material engagement forms the connective thread in a distinctive summer group show of Bay Area artists.

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Artist Profile: Val Britton

Britton’s collages depict the world in abstract terms, reflecting its tensions, anxieties and fragilities.

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Marc Katano @ Stephen Wirtz

Working from memories of a childhood in Japan, Katano strives to express the ineffable.

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Mike Henderson @ Haines Gallery

Henderson’s thickly clotted, intensely worked abstractions seem spring from hands directed an urgent, clawing impulse. Julia Couzens reports.

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Michele Sudduth @ SFMOMA Artists Gallery

Sudduth’s paintings speak of the isolation and unease of people in public places.

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John Bonick & Tim Yankosky @ Andrea Schwartz

Bonick’s pattern paintings probe infinity; Yankosky’s repurposed tape measures examine the psychology of how we size things up.

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