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Laser-etching reigns at Loakal’s ‘The Lone Stranger’

Tucked away on Second Street in Oakland, near Jack London Square, is Loakal Art Gallery and Boutique, founded as a collaboration between the clothing brand fiftyseven-thirtythree and the East Bay Express. The creative space is split into two sections, with one side of the space home to a new art exhibition Read More…

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Film photography shines at RayKo Photo Center

It’s easy to mistake the history of photography as one of linear progress. Before there was Instagram, there was Polaroid. Before that, there were darkrooms and daguerreotypes. In the era of eight megapixel iPhone cameras, it is tempting to proclaim that film is dead, but photography’s trajectory isn’t nearly so Read More…

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‘The Skull Show’ takes a lively look at death

Enclosed within the bright, open space of the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek lies a haunting sight to behold — an exhibition called “The Skull Show.” The expansive collection of contemporary art features media so mixed that it ranges from Jim Skull’s rope-woven skulls to Joshua Harker’s intricate 3-D prints Read More…

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‘Pretty in Ink’ remembers heroines of the comic world’s past

At its gallery-est, “Pretty in Ink” — an exhibit at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum by comics artist, writer and renowned historian Trina Robbins — is an array of illustration styles, including art deco, film noir and childlike cartoon aesthetics, that amasses works ranging from large, hard-lined comic pages to Read More…

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Incline Gallery artistically satirizes advice to ‘Stop Being Poor’

As guests entered the Incline Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District, they were greeted by a portrait of techie Sarah Slocum, self-described hate-crime victim who gained notoriety after getting into an altercation at Molotov’s bar in the Haight-Ashbury district while wearing Google Glass in February. “She’s pretty much representative of Read More…

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Gaud meets grit in Scott Hove’s ornamental sculptures

The doors wouldn’t open for another 20 minutes, but a swarm of gallery goers clad in black had already gathered outside. Without them, it would have been easy to miss the Hashimoto Contemporary gallery altogether. Nestled between an independent coffee shop and an apartment building on Sutter Street, Hashimoto Contemporary’s Read More…