While wandering through the underwater exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences, artist Thanh Diep found inspiration in the adaptability of the smallest organisms on our planet. She extended her investigations into the microscopic world of spores and fungi, creating a charcoal and crayon drawing, Structure of Fungi. Dieps radiant image of the spores weblike framework led curator Miranda Putman to theme an entire show, Structure, on the building blocks of the universe, whether biological or human-made. Sara OSullivan is fascinated by life sciences, and her paintings of body parts include a cheerfully grinning pink skull more friendly than ghoulish. Gordon Shepard draws on his background as a circus performer to show the inner workings of a circus tent, complete with a close-up view of the big tops wooden scaffolding. Natalie Spring, meanwhile, sculpts a miniature empire of horse stables out of wire: Structure really looks below the surface.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m. Starts: Aug. 18. Continues through Sept. 29, 2011