Tomorrow, June 30th, is the final day of “Bay Area Currents” at the non-profit Oakland Art Gallery. For this year’s edition, the juror was Christopher Miles, notable art writer and curator from the Los Angeles area. There is some interesting work in this show, particularly the contributions of Michael Mellon, Ben Riesman, James Sansing, Tabitha Soren, and Kirk Stoller. The gallery is located near Oakland’s City Hall, at 199 Kahn’s Alley. There is a map on the OAG website. The hours are 11:00 to 5:00 on Friday.
Michael Zheng’s exhibit at Mission 17 in San Francisco, originally scheduled to close on July 1st, has been extended to July 8th. The show, entitled “As the Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu,” is highly conceptual but absorbing in a quiet way. The show is uncluttered and unfolds nicely as you wander around. In one piece (image above), the artist has damaged a wall and then covered the damage with a life-sized photo of the damage. Another piece is nearly invisible until you notice it, and then you have to look close to make sure you know what you’re seeing. Gallery hours are Tuesday 3:00-6:00, and Saturday 2:00-5:00. The address is 2111 Mission St., Suite 401, near the corner of 17th St.