475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612

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

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October 20-November 25, 2023

Elizabeth Sher seamlessly merges her personal anxieties and the pulse of the current era in her latest exhibition, Good Coffee, Bad News employing humor and beauty to make challenging news more palatable. “Morning Joe,” Sher’s large wall mural contrasts the tranquil elegance of daybreak, as observed from her window, with a surrounding border of news headlines about the climate crisis. Her video “Plenty for Some,” delves into the complex topic of food insecurity, weaving visuals of abundant, overflowing produce with statistics showing the stark reality of inadequate access to nourishment. In addition, twelve abstract watercolors from her series, “It Dawned on Me,” and “Three Bags Full,” drawings on paper headlines spotlighting fires, floods, and storms. These images build upon her fascination with the interplay between written words and visual art, an exploration she initiated in her previous solo exhibition at Mercury 20 Gallery, “Mark My Words,” in 2022.

Morning Joe
Elizabeth Sher, Morning Joe, 2023, 6.5 x 11.5’ latex ink on photo, photo courtesy of the artist


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Elizabeth Sher

ELIZABETH SHER is a Bay Area artist and filmmaker, and Professor of Art Emeritus at California College of Art. As a visionary creative, she possesses the ability to seamlessly integrate contemporary concerns into visually captivating artworks. Sher follows a series-based approach, drawing a parallel with musicians who curate thematically different albums. Infused with a touch of humor and a perceptive interplay of language and visuals, her exhibitions consistently defy the confines of artistic expression, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), The Museum of California, Oakland, Fine Arts Museum, De Saisset Museum, and many private collections.

Mercury 20 Gallery

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

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