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Debris Trail 

Wednesday, Aug 22 2007
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At the dual exhibit “Critical Chaos,” artists Erik Friedman and Ema Harris-Sintamarian attempt to parse the modern information overload with low-tech tools. Friedman, a 14-year Oakland resident, observes changes to his neighborhood through jangly, layered gouache, ink, and pencil drawings. His is a cityscape littered with telephone lines, wrecked cars, and abandoned buildings (or sometimes spinning with a traveling circus' Ferris wheel). Catalogued against a mostly blank background, these ordinary objects become disjointed and decorative, gaining strangeness. Harris-Sintamarian takes on more ephemeral detritus, churning out complex drawings full of pop-culture images and organic forms. Dense and tangled, they look like what you might find if you could clean out your Net surfing cache as if it were a dryer's lint trap. Together, Friedman and Harris-Sintamarian's work builds up to a sprawling, indefinite sensory pandemonium. Stripped of its usual social or economic context, however, this kind of object worship takes on a sweet glee. Also showing is textile art from Armenian Laura Kamian. An opening reception starts at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16.
Aug. 16-26

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