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October 25, 2001
Art Review

Out of the inkwell
By Jackson Griffith, Sacramento News & Review

Richard Shaw, Mrs. Patch, ceramic with underglaze, glaze and overglaze tranfers (not on display).
If you've ever marveled at some of the more hallucinatory creations of Walt Disney from the 1930s, like when Mickey gets chased by mundane inaminate objects--brooms, inkwells--come to life with a vengance, it's likely you'll be entralled by the ceramic show of Richard Shaw, currently being shown at b. sakata garo. Shaw, whose wife Martha's beach-colored paintings and blockish sculptures are also on display, is a Bay Area college art instructor who studied at U.C. Davis under Robert Arneson and William Wiley. He specializes in the kind of trompe l'oeil sleight of hand that makes meticulously case ceramics appear to be funky figurines cobbled together from found objects and garden-variety jung. The galery is located at 923 20th St.; it's open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; for info call 447-4276. Through November 3.