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The Berkeley Trinity

Berkeley Art Center’s Sculpture Patio has seminal works by three Berkeley sculptors; Harold Paris, Stephen DeStaebler, and Peter Voulkos, who together transformed the clay media from the level of arts and crafts to the scale, depth, content, and emotion of fine art. Harold Paris, Wall 2: Paris adapted Figurative Expressionism to the ceramic sculptural media in this monumental work. Forms evolve out of the surface; an all seeing eye, arms raised in supplication,  beast-like shapes, a pig’s nose, legs, an inverted throne. As a whole the piece invites a personal dialogue with the viewer at an emo... [more]
Posted by Sheldon Greene on 7/2/13
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Loss

by Richard von Busack
It’s a somber time of year, and this show reflects November’s waning light. Entering, one passes a Day of the Dead altar for the late Jill Berk Jimenez of the BAC, who died suddenly last month. Dominating the gallery’s one room is Thomas Lavin's approximately 4 X 3’ archival print War Memorial, depicting a military cemetery, as if lit by a full moon. A velvet covered table stands in front of it, where visitors to leave flowers. Erin Malone's camera studies freeway sites where traffic deaths occurred. The fateful places are marked with impromptu memorials: small crosses leaning on the sound walls... [more]
Posted by Richard von Busack on 11/10/08