It may be made of only plastic bags, masking tape, and hot glue, but Yasuaki Onishi’s work was well received Thursday night at Kala Art Institute’s Residency Projects Part II. Onishi’s large-scale installations fill much of the open gallery at Kala’s new location and appear to be very at home in the structure. It is worth the trip just to relate to the hair-like tangle of black glue which cannot help but send your mind along strings of analogies – the brain, consciousness, emergentism, and sticky fingers.
On the other side of the gallery, the large-scale photographs of Ali Richards are also worth examination, but the pin-up display did prove to be a little distracting in this venue. For a more intimate encounter with her work, this is a good site.
The OnView work, scattered throughout the gallery, presents a nice showing this time. One of my pieces can be found in the main archive, although for more recent work, I would urge you to visit the gallery at Oakland International Airport’s Kala exhibition, or the Kensington library, starting on September 2nd.
Show: Residency Projects Part II
Venue: Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley CA
Dates: August 26 –
Ambiance: delicate work in a large, calcified shell