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Mercury 20 Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Surface & Subtext
475 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612

September 30th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
October 1st, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
, Mary V MarshMary V Marsh
, Jo Ann BiaginiJo Ann Biagini
, Julianne SterlingJulianne Sterling
, Margaret ChavignyMargaret Chavigny
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East Bay
Thurs-Sat 12 to 6, First Friday openings from 6-9pm and by appt. call 510-701-4620
figurative, abstract, mixed-media

Mercury 20 Gallery is pleased to announce Surface & Subtext, a group show by gallery artists Jo Ann Biagini, Margaret Chavigny, Mary V. Marsh and Julianne Sterling. This survey of mixed media work explores ways in which the layering of image, abstraction and text creates nuanced records of experience.


Jo Ann Biagini presents new work combining image transfer, drawing and collage that merges multi-layered images with refined surfaces. Built up with transparent layers then sanded to subtract and blend, these mixed media pieces reveal subtle relationships among juxtaposed elements.

Using a visual vocabulary of interconnection — nerves, pathways, waves, sinews, currents, Margaret Chavigny’s multi-layered collage paintings uncover symmetries, reflections, shadows and depth, bringing attention to the unseen but powerful sensations of the body within.  

Looking for meaning in patterns of everyday life, artist Mary V. Marsh records moments and collects artifacts from her daily activities to explore issues of media, memory and persuasion. Marsh will show block prints on newspaper from her Everyday Readers series.

Painter Julianne Sterling presents work in oil, mixed media collage and graphite on wood panel from Life, real and imagined. In this ongoing series the artist draws on images and fantasies from her daily life.

images from left: Mary V. Marsh, Jo Ann Biagini, Julianne Sterling, Margaret Chavigny


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