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Smokey's Boutique: A Menagerie of Insanity

  • Black Ball Universe 230 Madison St. Oakland, CA USA (map)

A Menagerie of Insanity
April 5th - April 26th, 2014   EXTENDED THROUGH MAY
For the month of April, Blackball Universe proudly presents Smoky's Boutique.

We want to explode your inner consciousness. On the one hand riots of color and the other sparseness. What is abundance and what is lack? In a cluttered world we strive to collect but can we ever really own anything? Where our bodies end and technology meets us, we shudder at the prospect that machines will inhabit our brains and destroy us. Who can claim “sanity” in a hostile world? As government and economic systems operate against logic and against sense, we the citizens feel our minds tremble and are condemned as “insane.”

These six artists, all in their twenties, navigate a world of expanding technological selfhood and shifting consciousness. Some works are chilly; others hot. If my self-expression is quiet is my unconscious shouting? With chirping machines at my elbow, am I ever really quiet? Come to the gallery and ask yourself: Do we rebel through stillness or through screaming?



Group Exhibition with: Kate Klingbeil, Grace Lannon, Anna McNeary Nasimeh Bahrayni .


Earlier Event: March 21
Later Event: June 6
Day In, Day Out