Friday is the last day to catch the work of Danish artist Gugger Petter at Andrea Schwartz. Part newspaper, part weaving, Petter's works are inspired by her passion for Renaissance art. In the series “Portrait of a Young Man,” the male subjects reference the style of Renaissance portraiture. While her subjects retain the air and grace of the period, Petter has reversed their gaze to look out onto their audience, connecting them to our world and us. Instead of the flat, glossy surfaces of Renaissance art, Petter's materials tread an intriguing and ambiguous line between dimensional sculpture and mosaic.
Friday and Saturday: Walking Distance Dance Festival. Friday (and/or Saturday) night, ODC Theater's Walking Distance Dance Festival returns for a third year, with "three programs of paired artists, a book reading and a site-adaptive performance at Mission Bowling Club." That's right, a dance performance in a bowling alley! You can see a list of all the events here, tonight's program is at 7:30 in the space between ODC Theater (215 Shotwell) and ODC Dance Commons. It features Amara Tabor-Smith's installation and performance ritual "Shame the Devil" and Sherwood Chen's performance of "Mongrel." A festival pass is $65, individual tickets are $25.
Berkeley Art Center, in partnership with Pro Arts, presents "Known Associates: Selections from the 2014 East Bay Open Studio." This exhibition features work from a selection of this year’s most compelling EBOS participants in a variety of media. Selected artists include Bobbie Altman, Sherrod Blanker, Amber Crabbe, Jane Fisher, Rebecca Garcia-Gonzalez, Victoria Hamlin, Adam Lam, Afton Love, Katherine Meyer and Wayne Shaffer. May 31 - June 15, 2014. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 31, 5-8 p.m.
"Degeneration/Regeneration" at Loakal Gallery: Smith|Allen creates 3D-printed sculptures which mimic organic forms while Scott Greenwalt's large acrylic paintings, look to technology for inspiration. Both attempting to maintain a balance between the mechanical and the organic.
Through June 2. EBXLoakal.com