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Hilary Pecis: "Intricacies of Phantom Content," and Elyse Mallouk: "Trickle-Down: Yours for the Mining" 

Wednesday, Jul 15 2009

Pecis recently graduated from the California College of the Arts M.F.A. program, but she's already a veteran of the gallery scene. Her mixed-media collages have a feeling of inevitability, drawing simultaneously on San Francisco traditions of assemblage and psychedelia. Landscapes and caves made of undulating patterns are overlaid by a floating mass of diamonds or candlesticks or lipstick cases — a visionary universe of junk. In the basement, Mallouk's video installation creates a complementary cave of diamonds, a magic lantern show that casts the outlines of precious stones onto the walls, ceiling, and floor. You can make a diamond "mine" by taking one of a stack of free editioned prints.

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