475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt.

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Carlo Fantin: Mimicking Technology

June 2016

"Prototype 01" (2016), hand cut paper, 16" x 20" (photo by the artist)

Carlo Fantin takes pleasure in the looks of surprise and disbelief on people’s faces, when they find out that his intricate, delicate artwork is all hand cut, not laser-cut or computer generated in any way. The frequency of these reactions have led him to explore technology’s role in the production of fine art. For his new series in Mimicking Technology, he’s developed new techniques, using simple hand tools such as craft knives and rotary tools to create works that appear to be created using laser cutters and CNC mills. While exploring new techniques of craft, Fantin maintains his personal esthetic throughout this body of work, which he describes as reminiscent of Art Nouveau and inspired by Baroque style.

About the Artist: Carlo Fantin was born and raised in Italy, and moved to the Bay Area in 2007. He has been drawn to various forms of expression, from sculpture, drawing, and painting to furniture and industrial design. Fantin has shown internationally as well as locally. In the Bay Area, his work has been seen most recently in San Francisco at 111 Minna Gallery, and ArtAttack SF, as well as ProArts and Mercury Twenty galleries in the East Bay. His work has been written about in media including The Huffington Post and Hi-Fructose Magazine.


  • July 1, First Friday Art Murmur 6-9 pm
  • July 9, Opening Reception 4-6 pm (with artist talks at 4:30)
  • July 21, Third Thursday Art Walk 6-8 pm
  • Aug 5, First Friday Art Murmur 6-9 pm

Mercury 20 Gallery

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt