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JoAnn Biagini, Margaret Chavigny, Maya Kabat: Cartographies

October 2012

Images from left: Jo Ann Biagini "untitled (yellow)" (2012) layered road maps on panel 10"x10"; Margaret Chavigny "Lifeblood" (2010) oil, collage' beeswax on panel 40"x40"; Maya Kabat "Desired Reversals 1" (2011) mixed media on Bristol vellum 14"x11". Photo credits left to right: Jo Ann Biagini, Sibilia Savage; Phil Cohen.

This group show features new work by three artists who use the map as a jumping off point for exploration. The artists have created works that map uncharted territories related to space, time and the subconscious; works that are at once systematic in process and yet open to changing rules and boundaries.

Oakland native Jo Ann Biagini received her MFA in ceramics from the California College of the Arts in 1993. She has been included in shows at the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery and at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Art Center in Pleasanton. She was recently included the Art in the Embassies collection.

Margaret Chavigny is a painter who works with collage, beeswax and oils. In this work, Chavigny continues her investigation of the subtle undercurrents of connection. Using imagery from the enormous cosmos combined with minute internal human anatomy, she creates images in which the mandala’s radial symmetry reflects an integrated unity of disparate parts.

Maya Kabat received a Master of Fine Arts in 2000 from the University of California Davis. Notable exhibitions include a solo show at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery San Francisco California in 2009 and a two-person exhibition at 5 Claude Lane Gallery in San Francisco California in 2011 which was reviewed in Art.LTD magazine in September 2011. This year she will have a solo show in the Caffee Museo at SFMOMA as well as a group exhibition at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder Colorado. Public collections include Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Cisco Systems, Palo Alto, and Neiman Marcus Collection.

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, November 10th from 5-7pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: November 2nd from 6-9pm

Mercury 20 Gallery

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

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