at blankspace A group show of artists whose work is dark, chaotic or just plain weird – a lighthearted celebration of the impending doom that is predicted by some to occur on 06/06/06. Featuring: Ben Baumgartner, Jonathan Casella, John Casey, Gabe Dikel, Sarah Foster, Leslie Kulesh, Mark Mulroney, Kottie Paloma, John Colle Rogers, Case Gabriel Simmons, Trevor Thornton, Garth Thompson-Vieira, Kyle Williams.
The Eastsider, covered April’s Art Murmur including the "Headache" show here.
East Bay Express: "The most creepy gallery show this year goes to the Boontlingers on Telegraph Avenue for this collection of mounted mutant ceramic and mixed-media heads that beg for mercy from a cruel world. Lucien Shapiro uses doll eyes, teeth and tongues, tentacles, cow skeletons, moss, clay, and deer horns to create 21 menacing wall sculptures. These haunting pieces range from one foot in diameter to pin-sized and make all manner of faces including the grimace, the shout, the sneer, and the laugh. John Casey complements Shapiro with "50 Dark Thoughts" using a decapitated ceramic figure mounted below fifty fist-sized brown skulls baked into mean little sneers dotted with pin-hole eyes, robot eyes, or no eyes at all. Creep factor or not, more than a half dozen of these $100 pieces sold on opening night."
Various Art Murmur shows, including "Along Came a Spider," got nice mentions by the SF Chronicle’s Matt Petty here.