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Charlie Milgrim: Dark Alliances

May 2012

Charlie Milgrim, Cool Pair #1 (2011), drawing on roofing tar paper, photo: Charlie Milgrim

Asphalt building paper, heavy and black, provides the background and scaffold for Charlie Milgrim’s recent works. Nuclear cooling towers glow and radiate a soft fluorescence and hover in the black-ground of space. Black paper planes make shadowy stealth bombers, folded and creased into the angular abstractions and dark geometry of the military machine. Creation and destruction conjoin uneasily in our technocratic state.

Charlie Milgrim was born in New York City. She received a BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from UC Berkeley. She has exhibited her work at the Oakland Museum, the Haines Gallery and Gallery 16 in San Francisco, OK Harris in New York City, and has work in many private collections including the Di Rosa Collection in Napa CA.

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, May 12, 6-9 pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, June 9, 4-6 pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays: June 1, 6-9pm


Mercury 20 Gallery

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

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