475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612

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BACK ROOM: July 9 - August 14, 2021

July 9 - August 14, 2021

Collage Variations

Whether made from paper, wood, or layers of paint, collage is the assemblage of different media which creates a whole new image. As artist Wangechi Mutu said, “Collage allows you to manipulate reality and the hierarchies that are inherent in our awful but amazing world.”

Sculptor and installation artist Jessica Cadkin presents multivalent collages that juxtapose images cut from current magazines.

Inspired by Russian Constructivism of the early 20-century, Kathleen King assembles found plywood scraps to create a wall-spanning assemblage in three dimensions titled EL. Part of the installation is interactive and can be manipulated by the viewer.

Raymond L. Haywood presents a grouping of vivid painted works from two ongoing series: Love Notes and Love Letters. Painting pre-Covid was an existential praxis based in emotional farming. Post-Covid, Haywood finds himself in new environments of surreal juxtaposition. This work is an inquiry into what is precious and unobtainable: lost time, lost love, forgiveness, and hope.



Jessica Cadkin


Jessica Cadkin was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in Napa, California. She received a BA in Sculpture and Painting from San Francisco State University and currently works out of her studio in Oakland, CA. Her work has appeared in group shows internationally and throughout Northern California including Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, di Rosa Preserve, Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, Bedford Gallery, Root Division, and the Berkeley Art Center. 

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Kathleen King

Kathleen King was born in Oakland, CA and works in Berkeley, CA. She is a visual artist focusing on assemblage, sculpture and installation. Her work explores states of coexistence, contingency and control, drawing attention to how we make our social environments and are, in turn, made by them. King recently had a solo exhibition at Pro Arts Gallery + Commons in Oakland. In 2020, Pro Arts Gallery + Commons published a catalog of her exhibit Kathleen King: Aided, Inspired, Multiplied.

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Raymond L. Haywood

Raymond L. Haywood is a Berkeley, CA native and abstract expressionist painter. His studio is in the historic Carleton Street Studios, also in Berkeley. Haywood has taught junior college art classes and is currently a high school instructor of construction at Freedom High in Oakley, CA.  Haywood received his BFA from the University of California at San Diego and his MFA from San Francisco State University. He is a founding member of the annual Art of the African Diaspora exhibition hosted by the Richmond Art Center.

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Mercury 20 Gallery

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

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