But what’s beneath?
You get the essence of ceremony in Maureen Gilli’s Masks, Etc., at Doiron Gallery, 1819 Del Paso Boulevard, through October 7. Some are big enough to wear, alluding to indigenous peoples attired in trailing raffia and feathers. But it’s the smaller masks, displayed on panels and then extended further on individual squares, that draw a viewer in. Take “Board of Directors,” for example: A triad of palm-sized masks of beads, paper, wire and feathers line up on copper and other metallic surfaces. A metallic background pulls it all together for a cohesive unit—and, especially given its title, an amusing piece. “The Messengers,” an acrylic diptych, offers a sense of mystery in a ceremonial setting, where participants in masks float though a diaphanous cloud, only to be grounded occasionally by a thick textural application of paint. For more information, call (916) 564-4433.