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Charlie Milgrim: Water in Motion

September 10, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Arches of dark brush strokes curve and overlap each other, forming something of a bridge and dripping down the whitespace at the bottom of the page.

The work of Charlie Milgrim often examines the ties and lies between history, science, and culture, whether considering environmental degradation, conspicuous consumption, or the relationship between money and militarism. She works in painting, sculpture, installation, and photography, and with a wide range of materials including bowling balls, discarded objects, and folded tar paper.

Water’s fluid dynamics — the gyrations of the Gulf Stream and the swirling eddies and vortices of river flows — are the phenomena of nature that inform her latest body of work, Water in Motion. These new paintings explore the chaos and randomness in the circulation of water. Rivers and currents in their chaotic movement constantly seek to balance the forces of gravity, momentum, and friction. Milgrim’s paintings arrest those forces in a frozen moment, paying homage to our greatest and most threatened natural resource.

Charlie Milgrim is a multimedia artist from New York City. She moved to the Bay Area in her 20’s to attend the California College of the Arts, and later received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been an active participant in the Bay Area arts community through exhibition and curatorial projects for decades. She has been a member of Mercury 20 for the past 14 years.


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Wheelchair accessible, Sensory-friendly, Service Animals allowed
BIPOC-owned, BIPOC-curated, BIPOC artist(s), Women-owned, Women curated, Women artist(s), LGBTQIA+ owned, LGBTQIA+ curated, LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
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Mercury 20 Gallery
475 25th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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